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American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations
'Emergency situation' could arise in weeks if shortages continue
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Physicians Warned About Counterfeit Medical Devices
Counterfeit devices are prevalent and their use is associated with serious consequences
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Preemptive Celecoxib Cuts Post-Op Face-Lift Surgery Pain
Overall pain score and postoperative opioid consumption down with celecoxib
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Physician Offices Investing in Patient Portals for EHRs
More resources being spent on patient portals than other EHR applications
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

National Survey Finds Most U.S. Physicians Are Satisfied
Satisfied physicians more likely to report positive trends, encourage young people to become doctors
Monday, July 21, 2014

Post-Op Tympanostomy Tube Obstruction Seen in 1 in 10
Those with serous effusions, longer follow-up durations have more occlusions
Friday, July 18, 2014

Increasing Flow of Information Has Impact on Patient Consent
Issues that are being raised include opt-in versus opt-out policies, dealing with sensitive data
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stroke History Heightens Risk for Adverse Surgical Outcomes
Heightened risk seen if time between stroke and surgery is less than nine months
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ACOs Require Overhaul to Health Care Delivery System
Successful ACOs involve physicians, hospitals, outpatient facilities; address nonclinical factors
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Sinonasal Outcome Test Validated for Endoscopic Sx
Findings for use of SNOT-22 pre-/post-endoscopic sinus surgery
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Recommendations Made for Partnering Patients in Health Care
Changes needed in content and conduct of health professions education, education organizations
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Financial Management
Tips include establishment of clear financial policies for practice; education of patients
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Health Care Expenditure Has Slowed in United States
Health sector prices explain much of difference between U.S., other high-spending countries
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

ACA Offers Opportunities for Prevention, Public Health
In addition to increasing health insurance coverage, law promotes use of clinical preventive services
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

PMMA-Collagen Effective for Acne Scars
Pilot study shows excellent safety, with mild, reversible adverse events
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

UnitedHealth Cutting More Docs From Medicare Advantage
New cuts seen in at least five states and affecting up to 10 percent of physicians
Friday, June 27, 2014

Court: Patients Responsible for Outcomes of Risky Behavior
Colorado Supreme Court says doctors not liable for outcomes tied to patient's risky behavior
Friday, June 27, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Productivity
Steps include workflow map, effective delegation, establishing patient portal, motivating staff
Thursday, June 26, 2014

PCP Follow-Up Cuts Readmission After High-Risk Surgery
Findings in patients undergoing sx at high risk of readmission, especially those with complications
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date
Digital media provides opportunities to ensure public has accurate drug safety information
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Survival Up After Progression in HPV-Positive Oropharynx CA
HPV status is independent predictor of overall survival after progression
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Standardized Instructions Improve Preop Med Compliance
Instruction sheet, recall of verbal and written instructions tied to better compliance
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Medicaid Backlog May Have Financial Ramifications
Docs might have to wait longer for Medicaid reimbursement, may incur costs for those denied cover
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CMS Launches Initiative to Assist Newly Insured
National initiative will help people answer questions about health coverage; take advantage of services
Monday, June 23, 2014

Complex Electronic Record Safety Issues Surface Long After Launch
Monitoring needed to detect, prevent mix of human, technological errors
Monday, June 23, 2014

NCHS: Insurance Coverage Expands, Gaps Remain
Federal reports capture nation's pre-ACA health status and health-care coverage
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Anesthesiologists Issue Choosing Wisely Recommendations
List of top 5 unnecessary perioperative medical services in anesthesiology developed
Thursday, June 19, 2014

ACA May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests
Coverage through parent's plan might also protect against medical costs, researchers say
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Physician Leadership, Ownership Dominates ACOs
Results from the first national survey of accountable care organizations
Monday, June 16, 2014

Clinicians Often Fail to Empathize After Adverse Event
Training needed to ensure capacity to express empathy, without admitting fault
Monday, June 16, 2014

U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report
Countries with nationalized health systems outperform the United States in all measures
Monday, June 16, 2014

HHS Inspector General Finds Big Problem With Medicare Coding
Nearly 42 percent of claims for evaluation and management are coded incorrectly
Friday, June 13, 2014

Researchers Hesitant to Use Social Media to Show Findings
Use of the medium remains low in part because of lack of knowledge
Friday, June 13, 2014

Data From EHRs Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care
Ways to utilize data include use of EHR reminders, customized health maintenance alerts
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Millions Will Not Have to Pay ACA Tax Penalties: Report
More uninsured will qualify for exemptions in 2016 than earlier estimates showed, experts say
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Incentives May Lead to Greater Support for Practice Goals
Employees may be more motivated with frequent financial incentives
Monday, June 09, 2014

Few U.S. Adults Knowledgeable About Head and Neck Cancer
Two-thirds of surveyed adults reported being not very or not at all knowledgeable about HNC
Monday, June 09, 2014

Veterans Affected by Scandal May Seek Private Care
Physician shortage seen as contributing factor to VA waiting list scandal
Friday, June 06, 2014

CDC: No Drop in Smokeless Tobacco Use Among U.S. Workers
Mining, construction fields hotbeds for products like snuff, survey finds
Friday, June 06, 2014

Many 'Inconsistencies' in ACA Sign-Ups: Report
Discrepancies for more than a quarter of eight million people who have signed up for coverage
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Claim Denials Expected to Increase
Training needed to avoid common mistakes leading to claim denials
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Number of Cancer Survivors Projected to Grow in the U.S.
By 2024, an estimated 19 million Americans will have a history of cancer
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most Physicians Would Forgo Aggressive Treatment
Physicians recommend aggressive treatments for patients but would opt out themselves
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

EHRs Can Be Used to Boost Practice Revenue
Return on investment can be realized by participating in alternative delivery models
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Surgical Checklists Cut Post-Op Complications
Significant reductions seen in wound infections and blood loss
Monday, June 02, 2014

Children With Cochlear Implants at Risk for Neurocognitive Deficits
Clinically significant deficits seen across multiple domains of executive functioning
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Global Prevalence of Obesity Increased From 1980 to 2013
Increase in prevalence in adults, and in children and teens in developed and developing countries
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Incidence of Some Cancers Associated With Income
Socioeconomic status should be considered in cancer surveillance
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Docs Must Consider Legal Issues Relating to Text Messaging
Information sent by text message should be included in medical records, accorded privacy
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Most Wikipedia Health Articles Contain Errors
Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, new study finds
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Higher-Than-Expected Medicaid Enrollment Concerns States
Millions signing up for Medicaid to comply with federal health care law
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ASM: Many Healthy Humans Infected With Varied HPV Strains
Almost 70 percent of healthy humans infected with more than 100 strains
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Workflow Changes Can Remove Practice Hassles
By delegating and defining workflow, physicians can focus on patients
Friday, May 23, 2014

Surgical Site Infection Reduction Targeted As Cost-Saving Strategy
Deep surgical site infections and those in neurosurgery patients have highest costs
Friday, May 23, 2014

Illegal Online Meds Targeted in Worldwide Crackdown
More than 19,600 packages seized in U.S., including drugs for diabetes, glaucoma
Friday, May 23, 2014

Surgeries Shorter in Outpatient Surgery Centers
With shorter procedure time versus hospitals, ambulatory centers are lower-cost alternative
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Doctors' Use of Electronic Health Records More Than Doubles
Government programs to defray costs help physicians install these electronic systems, per report
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

'Handshake-Free Zones' May Be Coming to Health Care Settings
While perceived as an ingrained interpersonal gesture, it spreads germs
Friday, May 16, 2014

CDC: Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.
Report indicates most common medications are for heart disease and high cholesterol
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in One Year
Analysis using 2009 data looked at 26 common but often unnecessary tests and procedures
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Direct Pay Reduces Practices' Administration Hassles, Costs
Patients' payment of retainer fee guarantees increased access, higher level of service
Monday, May 12, 2014

Off-Label Cosmetic Facial Filler Use Tied to Significant Vision Loss
Three cases reported of vision loss from central retinal artery occlusion after cosmetic procedure
Monday, May 12, 2014

Specialty Care Shortage Leads to Lower Perceived Need for It
Those with high, low access to specialty care have no differences in disease burden
Friday, May 09, 2014

Physicians Have Multiple EHR Documentation Strategies
Pros and cons seen with typing, scribe, voice recognition software, and later transcribing notes
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Most Docs Believe Patients Get Too Many Medical Tests
But, half of physicians have ordered unneeded tests for patients who insist, survey found
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Insurers: Sizeable Majority Has Paid ACA Premiums
Companies report health-plan payment rates ranging from 70 to 90 percent
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Number of U.S. Elderly Will Double by 2050
Aging baby boomers will strain country's health care system, Census Bureau says
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

FDA Panel Says No to Over-the-Counter Singulair
Experts expressed relief at the decision, citing safety concerns
Monday, May 05, 2014

Repeat Data Breaches Among Health Care Orgs Down
Survey respondents believe accountable care organization participation may pose risk
Friday, May 02, 2014

White House Report Confirms Eight Million ACA Enrollees
GOP analysis says only two-thirds of those signed up through HealthCare.gov have paid premiums
Friday, May 02, 2014

WHO: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Now Found Worldwide
Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight bacteria
Thursday, May 01, 2014

FDA Considering OTC Use of Singulair for Allergies
Advisory panel scheduled to meet Friday and vote on whether Singulair is safe for nonprescription use
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ALA: More Americans Breathing Unhealthy Air
Year-round levels of particle pollution in the 25 worst cities violate health standards
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Alcohol + Tobacco Combo Markedly Ups Esophageal CA Risk
Synergistic effect of alcohol and tobacco almost doubles the risk
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Winter's Polar Vortex Ushers in Spring's 'Pollen Vortex'
Seasonal overlap could mean extra misery for people with allergies, experts say
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Docs, Patients Have Different Attitudes Toward End-of-Life Care
For patients and caregivers, but not doctors, preferences affected by baseline health attitudes
Friday, April 25, 2014

Physician Groups Find Fault With Medicare Payment Data Release
Biggest complaint is a lack of context with which to interpret the data
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Educational Changes Suggested for Patient-Centered Medicine
Specific steps include incorporation of patients into ward rounds; consideration of patient perspective
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some Docs Still Prescribe Codeine for Peds Cough/URI
National guidelines recommend against use of codeine for children
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pre-HPV Vaccine, Most Oropharyngeal Cancers HPV+
Lower prevalence of HPV 16/18 for females versus males and for non-Hispanic blacks
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Task Force Recommends Ways to Improve Price Transparency
Tools include giving price estimates, guidance on out-of-pocket expenses, other relevant information
Monday, April 21, 2014

Some Children Gain Weight After Tonsil Removal Surgery
Adenotonsillectomy does not correlate, though, with increased rates of obesity
Monday, April 21, 2014

AMA Examines Economic Impact of Physicians
Each physician contributes $2.2 million in economic output, supports 13.84 jobs on average
Friday, April 18, 2014

White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance
35 percent of registrants are younger than 35 years old, administration officials say
Friday, April 18, 2014

One in 20 U.S. Adults a Victim of Diagnostic Errors
Errors include missed opportunities for a timely, correct diagnosis based on available evidence
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Continued Reliance on Windows XP May Threaten Data Security
Continued security of patient data needed following Microsoft's termination of XP support
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Patients Paying Much More for Specialty Drugs
Many Americans paying less for Rx, but some having to deal with sharp rises in cost of specialty meds
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Health Secretary to Confront Health Care Reform Hurdles
Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray
Monday, April 14, 2014

Sebelius Stepping Down As HHS Secretary
Tenure was marred by troubled introduction of Affordable Care Act
Friday, April 11, 2014

1,440-nm Laser Beneficial for Photodamage in Asians
Laser produces mild improvement; shown to be safe with no long-term adverse effects
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills
Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

More Justification Needed for Choosing Wisely Selections
Of the 25 societies evaluated, 60 percent had at least one service included because of higher costs
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Ups Risk of Barrett's Esophagus
Increasing severity of OSA associated with increasing risk of Barrett's esophagus
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Some Doctors Paid at Least $3 Million Each by Medicare
In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly $64 billion in 2012
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Newly Eligible for Expanded Medicaid Are Healthier
Findings based on comparisons between newly eligible under ACA and pre-ACA enrollees
Monday, April 07, 2014

Complications for One in Five Adults Undergoing Tonsillectomy
Complications associated with increased health care costs; hemorrhage most expensive
Monday, April 07, 2014

Hearing Aid Use in Children With Mild Loss Improves Speech
Early provision of hearing aids supports better speech, language development
Friday, April 04, 2014

AMA Provides Resources to Aid Physicians' Collections
Resources help address physicians' financial risk during the ACA's 90-day premium grace period
Friday, April 04, 2014

Half of Uninsured Don't Intend to Sign Up for Health Coverage
Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows most respondents unaware of March 31 deadline
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

CMS: Medicare Beneficiaries Saved $3.9B on Meds in 2013
In addition to savings on prescription drugs, preventive service use up for Medicare beneficiaries
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

NCHS Estimates Health Insurance Coverage for 2013
At time of interview, 14.5 percent uninsured; 10.8 percent uninsured for more than one year
Thursday, March 27, 2014

1 in 25 Inpatients Has Health Care-Associated Infection Daily
Common device-associated infections seem to be decreasing, accounting for 25 percent of infections
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

White House Extends Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline
Applicants need to check a box on HealthCare.gov website to gain added time, report says
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Americans Seem Unprepared for Health Insurance Exchanges
Half the population do not know about exchanges; 42 percent unable to correctly describe deductible
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Practices Can Take Steps to Improve Care Transitions
Financial incentives exist, including reimbursement and avoiding hospital readmissions
Friday, March 21, 2014

Electrolarynx Allows Speech in Orally Intubated Patients
This application of the electrolarynx may improve patient care in ICUs, the authors say
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rx Expenditures Expected to Rise in 2014
2013 pharmaceutical spending slowed 0.7 percent, compared to 2012
Monday, March 17, 2014

Insurers Must Offer Same-Sex Couples Spousal Benefits
Insurers must offer same-sex couples same spousal benefits as heterosexual couples
Monday, March 17, 2014

Chronic Hyperglycemia Tied to Worse Surgical Outcomes
Findings show poor glycemic control is tied to longer hospital stays for noncardiac surgery
Friday, March 14, 2014

Improving EHR Interoperability Is a National Priority: HHS
Interoperability necessary to achieve the benefits of EHR infrastructure adoption
Friday, March 14, 2014

Discrepancies ID'd in Studies on ClinicalTrials.gov, Journals
Nearly all clinical trials have at least one discrepancy in cohort, intervention, or results
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Medicare Drug Plan Changes Withdrawn by White House
Proposal met heavy resistance from patient groups
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

White House: More Than Four Million Have Signed Up for ACA
Enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ends March 31 for most Americans
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AAPM: Post-Op Pain Highly Influential in Patient Satisfaction
Correlation is stronger for spine, non-spine orthopedics, OB/GYN surgeries
Monday, March 10, 2014

Keeping Salaries Secret Harms Worker Performance
Secret salaries decrease employees' perception that performance increase is tied to pay increase
Monday, March 10, 2014

Consultant Offers Tips for Evaluating Staff Pay
Geographic factors, professional determinations, and state labor laws all factor into discussions
Monday, March 10, 2014

Hearing Impairment in Adults Linked to Depression
Increased odds of depression in older women, even after adjustment for multiple covariates
Monday, March 10, 2014

Outpatient Abx Culprit in Most Childhood C. Difficile Cases
Nearly three-quarters of C. difficile cases associated with Rx written at doctor visits
Friday, March 07, 2014

AMA Grants Curriculum Efforts to Address Health Disparities
Initiatives focus on underserved populations, workforce diversity, and population health
Friday, March 07, 2014

Relative Value Units Useful In Evaluating Practice Finances
RVU calculations can help determine physician compensation, benchmark reimbursement
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Value-Based Insurance Plans Can Up Rx Adherence
Along with lower cost sharing, plans target high-risk patients, use mail-order drugs
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Gap in Regulatory Coverage Affects 5 to 16 Percent of Trials
Nineteen to 24 percent of trials are overlap trials, which study drugs, devices and have federal funding
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WHO Program Improves U.S. Medical Facility Hand Hygiene
Higher hand hygiene score with higher staffing ratio of infection preventionists
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Sleep Machines May Exceed Safe Noise Levels for Infants
Maximum volume levels may damage infant hearing and auditory development
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Women-Specific Research Is Still Inadequate
Women underrepresented in research; many studies fail to report sex-specific outcomes
Monday, March 03, 2014

CMS: No More Delays to ICD-10 Implementation Deadline
CMS Administrator claims CMS will be ready for ICD-10 conversion by October deadline
Monday, March 03, 2014

Going Live With EHR Leads to Frustrations, Productivity Hit
Medical Economics offers some real-world suggestions, best practices to minimize stress
Friday, February 28, 2014

Hospital Size, Market Share Affect Inpatient Care Prices
Higher-price hospitals generally score well on reputational indicators
Friday, February 28, 2014

Stethoscopes Contaminated After Single Physical Exam
Contamination level of stethoscope similar to parts of physician's dominant hand
Friday, February 28, 2014

Myocardial Injury Predicts Death After Noncardiac Surgery
Few patients with myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery experience ischemic symptoms
Thursday, February 27, 2014

U.S. Cosmetic, Reconstructive Surgery Procedures Up in 2013
3 percent increase in cosmetic surgery procedures; 2 percent increase in reconstructive surgery
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Doctors Pleased With Congress' Medicare Payment Agreement
Repeal of SGR marks transition to value and quality-based reimbursement
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More Than Seven Million Patient Record Breaches in 2013
Breaches of protected health information up 137.7 percent; most breaches due to theft
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Antibiotics Don't Avert Otitis, Pneumonia in Children
No strong evidence for preventive effect in children with undifferentiated acute respiratory infections
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Prognosis Worse for Secondary Versus Primary Thyroid Cancers
Adolescents and young adults who develop secondary thyroid cancer have decreased survival
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quality Measures Data Added to Physician Compare Website
Measures include controlling blood glucose and blood pressure in patients with diabetes
Monday, February 24, 2014

'Epidemic of Diagnosis' Driving Thyroid Cancer Rates Up
Almost three-fold increase in incidence of thyroid cancer, but death rates stable from 1975 to 2009
Monday, February 24, 2014

Obese Patients Affected by Perceived Judgment of Doctor
Those who feel judged are more likely to attempt weight loss, but not more likely to be successful
Monday, February 24, 2014

FDA to Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers
More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals
Monday, February 24, 2014

Unfilled Hospital Openings for Doctors Growing, Survey Finds
Shortages in hospitals also seen for advanced practitioners and nurses
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Before Implementation, Full EHR Cost Needs Consideration
Costs of training, facilities, infrastructure and variables affecting these categories must be ID'd
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Eardrops Most Effective in Tympanostomy-Tube Otorrhea
Outcomes better than treatment with oral antibiotics or observation
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Post-Op Visits for Surgical Site Infections Generally Low
Relative to all-cause postsurgical visits, rates are low for clinically significant SSIs at 14 and 30 days
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve
Can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Online Ratings Do Affect Patient Choice of Physician
Whether or not physician accepts insurance plan remains top decider in selecting physician
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing Concerns Explored
Concerns include lack of evidence for association studies being appropriate as screening tests
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Non-Traditional Office Hours Can Reap Big Financial Benefits
Once practice overhead costs are met, patients seen in extended hours increase profitability
Monday, February 17, 2014

AAFP: Telemedicine Can Help With Increased Demand for Docs
Telemedicine can save time for patients, reduce ER visits, allow docs to see more patients
Monday, February 17, 2014

CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline
Deadline extended, allowing providers to submit data for 2013 reporting year through March 31, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Congress Agrees on Legislation to Replace SGR Formula
New legislation emphasizes quality over quantity, with merit-based incentives
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ICD-10 Implementation Likely to Be Financial Disaster
Letter from AMA to HHS voices concerns over higher-than-expected costs of implementation
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million
About one-quarter of those signed up are now young adults, report shows
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dentists' Group Expands Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Children
Use an amount the size of a grain of rice as soon as first tooth appears, ADA says
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mid-Sized Companies Get Extra Year to Comply With ACA
Government sets up new deadlines for three sizes of companies
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Managing Hospital Medicine Groups
Assessment guide comprises 10 principles and 47 characteristics for effective HMG management
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Residents Concerned About Lack of Time With Patients
Most residents agree that care coordination could improve chronic disease management
Monday, February 10, 2014

New Rule Allows Patients to Access Laboratory Test Results
Final rule allows patient or personal representative to access results directly from the laboratory
Monday, February 10, 2014

Corrective Nasal Surgery Seems Safe in Pediatric Patients
Most common indications for surgery are posttraumatic deformities, severe airway obstruction
Monday, February 10, 2014

Obesity Linked to Worse Prognosis in Oral Tongue SCC
Obesity linked to significantly worse disease-specific survival in univariate, multivariate analysis
Monday, February 10, 2014

Physicians Need to Be Prepared to Talk Antibiotics
Specific diagnosis, whether viral or bacterial, will aid conversation with patients or their parents
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Up From 1973 to 2009
Increased incidence among patients younger than 45 years; increase in proportion of grade III/IV tumors
Thursday, February 06, 2014

ICD-10 Transition May Impact Practice Cash Flow
Organizations may not yet understand the impact that ICD-10 will have on their businesses
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Choosing Wisely Tips Should Prompt Doc-Patient Discussion
Recommendations can form a starting point for conversations about cost, appropriate testing
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

FDA: There's Still Time for Patients to Get a Flu Shot
Younger adults seem at risk this year, FDA says
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

EHR Use During Patient Visit May Mean Missed Non-Verbal Cues
Physician-patient eye gaze patterns differ with use of electronic health records versus paper charts
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Says sale of cigarettes is inconsistent with a pharmacy's mission
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

New Guidelines Issued for Acute Otitis Externa Management
Updated recommendations include analgesic treatment for pain; not using antimicrobials for initial tx
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Declines in Antibiotic Use in Children May Have Plateaued
Large declines in prescribing rates seen in the early 2000s; trend attenuated by end of decade
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Online Medical Records Trump Colleagues As Docs' Info Source
Doctors are exposed to online medical records, prescribing software more than 200 times/year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Rhinoplasty Can Affect Voice Quality, Characteristics
Worsening of voice quality post-surgery; increases in hyponasality, frequency of nasal murmurs
Monday, February 03, 2014

Health Reform Differs Across States: Report
Five states play no role in federal marketplace, Medicaid expansion, or insurance reform
Monday, February 03, 2014

Low Morbidity/Mortality Rates for Adult Tonsillectomy in U.S.
Low rates of mortality and morbidity; reoperation more likely in males, inpatients
Friday, January 31, 2014

Improving Infection Control Could Mean No More White Coats
Infection control experts issue guidance on health professionals' attire
Thursday, January 30, 2014

ASA: Patient Involvement Ups Surgical Safety Compliance
Patient awareness of a surgical safety checklist increases compliance
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics in ERs Remains High for Adults
Inappropriate use for respiratory tract infection down from 2001 to 2010 for children, not adults
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Businesses Urge Change to ACA's Insurance Mandate
House panel members spar over claim that provision of health-reform law is a 'job killer'
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handwashing Appears Best in Prevention of Common Cold
Best evidence for prevention supports handwashing, zinc supplements, but evidence often poor quality
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Insurance Eligibility Headaches Expected With ACA
Practices expected to face influx of newly insured patients, possibly without insurance ID cards
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Brain Atrophy
Atrophy accelerated in whole brain and right temporal lobe
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FDA Panel Considers First Pill for Ragweed Allergy
Placed under the tongue, it helps the body immunize itself against the offending plant
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Older Sibling Sensitivity Affects Younger Child's Vocabulary
Higher level of cognitive sensitivity demonstrated by next-in-age sibling benefits vocabulary skills
Monday, January 27, 2014

Medical Staff Performance Goals Should Be Clear, Attainable
Staff performance reviews should involve public praise, private reprimand
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Legitimacy of Publishing Pharma-Funded Research Queried
Researchers present arguments for and against stopping publication of industry-funded research
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pediatric AOM Costs Health Care System ~$2.88 Billion Annually
Children with acute otitis media have increased outpatient health care costs, patient medication costs
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACA Impact on Primary Practice May Depend on Location
Practices in states with expanded Medicaid may see more new, chronically ill patients
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Researchers Examine FDA Decision Making Processes
Analyses show variation in quality-of-evidence; reliance on premarket approval; reasons for delays
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More Federal Funding of Health Centers Mitigates Access Issues
Findings among low-income, uninsured adults from 2002 to 2007
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Medication Synchronization Program Ups Adherence
Community pharmacy-based program projects increase of 20 med fills per patient per year
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Considerable Variation in Quality of Care for Tonsillectomy
Variation observed in dexamethasone, antibiotic administration and in revisit rates among children
Monday, January 20, 2014

State Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts
Educating the uninsured, especially young adults, is a priority, executives say
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reliable Emotion Words ID'd to Assess Patient Experience
Word set can be used in experience-based design questionnaires for patient care
Thursday, January 16, 2014

NCPA: Access to Controlled Substances Often Delayed
Most pharmacists report three or more delays in past 18 months, usually lasting at least one week
Thursday, January 16, 2014

FDA Warns Against Rx With High Levels of Acetaminophen
Agency recommends that physicians cease prescriptions of drugs in excess of 325 mg
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

More Than Two Million People Have Signed Up for ACA Coverage
Nearly one in four are young adults, a demographic key to the program's success
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under ACA
Uninsured Americans can still sign up for 2014 coverage through March 31
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CMS: New Rule Proposed for Contract Year 2015
Rule will strengthen protections, up health care quality, cut costs in Medicare Advantage, Part D
Monday, January 13, 2014

ACP Introduces Free 'High Value Care' Case Studies
Five topics in interactive case studies include avoiding unnecessary testing, safe prescribing
Friday, January 10, 2014

Female Conveners Up Number of Women at Scientific Symposia
Number of invited female speakers increases by 72 percent compared with all-male conveners
Friday, January 10, 2014

CMS: Low Growth for National Health Expenditures in 2012
Low growth in private health insurance spending, Medicare and Medicaid spending
Friday, January 10, 2014

EHR Use Linked to Doc-Reported Enhanced Patient Care
Use of EHRs that meet Meaningful Use criteria, longer EHR experience linked to reported benefits
Friday, January 10, 2014

Implantable Device Improves Moderate-to-Severe Sleep Apnea
Upper-airway stimulation significantly reduces severity of obstructive sleep apnea
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Administrative Demands Hurt Patient-Doctor Relationship
Extensive charting, preauthorizations, high volumes all cut time doctors spend with patients
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals
Pattern persists with rates lowest in physicians (2 percent), highest in LPNs (25 percent)
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Post-Op Health Care Costs Up for Former, Current Smokers
Index hospitalization costs are not significantly different for never, former, current smokers
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Non-White Physicians Provide Disproportionate Minority Care
Non-white physicians care for more than half of minority patients, non-English speakers
Monday, January 06, 2014

CDC Addresses Burden, Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
One of most urgent threats is C. difficile; causes a minimum of 250,000 illnesses per year
Monday, January 06, 2014

AMA Details Top Five Federal Issues for 2014
Issues include repeal of SGR, full implementation of ACA, roll out of ICD-10 code set
Monday, January 06, 2014

Over 100 New Accountable Care Organizations Formed
New ACOs will provide high-quality coordinated care access for ~1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries
Friday, January 03, 2014

CDC: Updated Guidance for HBV Vaccination for Health Workers
All should be vaccinated and undergo serologic testing
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Troubled Launch of ACA Tops Health News for 2013
Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Extra Steps Urged for Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
Drug Quality and Security Act is a start, but leaves several gaps that need filling
Monday, December 30, 2013

Surge in Federal Health Insurance Exchange Enrollments
More than one million people have signed up for coverage under Affordable Care Act
Monday, December 30, 2013

Physician Pay Increasingly Tied to Quality Metrics
Trend expected to accelerate as reimbursement shifts towards performance-based pay
Thursday, December 26, 2013

ACA Success Hinges on Young Adult Enrollment
Uncertainty lingers on the willingness, ability of young adults to enroll in marketplaces, Medicaid
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Impact of Planned Medicaid Expansion Discussed
Could help close substantial gaps in U.S. health care safety net if all states elect to expand
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Toxic Employees Are Damaging to Medical Practices
Performance reviews allow managers to discuss toxic behaviors and demand improvement
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Public Tends to Follow Celebrities Even on Medical Issues
Health care providers need to take phenomenon seriously and counter bogus advice
Monday, December 23, 2013

High Patient Satisfaction With Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Positive reports of patient-centered measures correlate with reports of high-quality care
Friday, December 20, 2013

New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty
People in cancelled policies can buy coverage under last-minute revision to ACA
Friday, December 20, 2013

Acupuncture May Relieve Tonsillectomy Pain in Children
Decrease in perceived pain seen in a small group of children not prescribed narcotics after surgery
Friday, December 20, 2013

Few Residency Programs Teach Cost-Conscious Medicine
Despite perceived role in limiting increasing health care costs, few residents know costs of tests
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CDC Highlights Achievements of 2013, Goals for 2014
Top achievements include getting >100,000 smokers to quit; cut in health care facility-linked infections
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Funding for Medical Communication Firms Analyzed
May receive substantial support from pharmaceutical, medical device companies
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors
Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Physician Access Challenges Up for Those With Public Insurance
Second study notes that 14.6 percent of people in U.S. were uninsured in first half of 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FDA Questions Effectiveness, Safety of Antibacterial Soap
Proposed rule requires manufacturers to submit trial data showing benefit versus regular soap
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Many Physicians Will Stop Practicing Due to ACA
Nearly three-quarters believe that ACA will negatively impact compensation
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Comorbidity Strongly Influences Survival in Cancer Patients
Still, death rates from cancer continue to decline in the United States
Monday, December 16, 2013

Bills for SGR Repeal Pass Senate, House Committees
Near unanimous bipartisan votes from Senate Finance, House Ways and Means Committees
Monday, December 16, 2013

Golfers' Game Improves With CPAP Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Improvements in Handicap Index, with greater drop seen among more skilled golfers
Monday, December 16, 2013

Determinants of Patient Loyalty to Provider Identified
More than 15 percent of patients at high risk for leaving their current physician, practice
Monday, December 16, 2013

New Rule Tweaks Affordable Care Act Deadline
Insurers pressed for flexibility on premium payments, coverage
Friday, December 13, 2013

ASCO Report Highlights Progress Against Cancer in Last Year
Report features 76 studies; highlights new approaches to cancer care, new treatments
Friday, December 13, 2013

Study Quantifies Male Dominance in Scientific Production
Women account for <30 percent of fractionalized authorships; similar pattern in first authorships
Friday, December 13, 2013

CDC: Health Insurance Among Young Increased After ACA
Extension of dependent health coverage in 2010 has increased private coverage, decreased gaps
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CMS Finalizes 2014 Physician Payment Rates, Policies
Include provision to support care management outside of routine office interaction
Monday, December 09, 2013

Issues Surround Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
Issues include methodology for determining expected readmission rates, computing penalties
Friday, December 06, 2013

Final Rule Aims to Lower Costs, Simplify Outpatient Payments
CMS introducing single outpatient visit code; payments will be packaged into single payment
Friday, December 06, 2013

Handoff Program Cuts Medical Errors, Adverse Events
Multifaceted program at children's hospital also increases physician time spent at patient bedside
Thursday, December 05, 2013

AMA's RUC Committee to Work on Improving Transparency
New means to be used to survey physicians to better determine value of procedures
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Health Reform in Mass. Didn't Change ICU Utilization
Health care reform in Massachusetts did correlate with reduction in ICU patients without insurance
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Investment Program Can Cut Global Health Disparities by 2035
Framework focuses on reducing maternal, child, infectious deaths; 10 million deaths averted by 2035
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Lifestyle Factors Impact Risk of Hearing Loss in Women
Higher BMI, larger waist circumference positively linked to risk; physical activity inversely linked
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
New process designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Volunteering Overseas Revives Physicians' Outlooks
Volunteer experiences often boost personal fulfillment, professional esteem
Monday, December 02, 2013

Practices Should Start Preparing for Transition to ICD-10
Point-person should be appointed within practice; staff training also recommended
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

USPSTF: Lack of Evidence for Primary Care Oral CA Screening
Insufficient evidence to weigh the benefits, harms of primary care screening for asymptomatic adults
Monday, November 25, 2013

American Medical Groups Protesting Physician Cuts
Action follows mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states
Monday, November 25, 2013

Family Doc Finds Mid-Level Providers Increase Revenue
Case study describes substantial increase in doctor take-home pay with addition of mid-levels
Monday, November 25, 2013

White House Extends Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance
And HealthCare.gov website capacity to double by end of month, Obama adviser pledges
Friday, November 22, 2013

Few Parents Believe Their Teens Are at Risk of Hearing Loss
Most have not discussed noise exposure with their teens, mainly because of perceived low risk
Friday, November 22, 2013

CDC Report: Health Disparities Persist in America
CDC finds race, sex, education, location, and wealth among key factors in these inequalities
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Surgeons Emotionally Affected by Surgical Complications
Surgeons feel institutional support following complications is generally inadequate
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Health Care Frustration Higher in U.S. Than Other Countries
Majority of U.S. adults feel that the health care system needs to undergo fundamental changes
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AAP/CDC Update Antibiotic Guidance for Pediatric URIs
Use of stringent diagnostic criteria is advised to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections
Monday, November 18, 2013

FDA Requests Safety Measures for Topical Antiseptics
Labeling and packaging changes meant to reduce risk of infection
Friday, November 15, 2013

Obama Nominates Health Care Law Backer to Be Surgeon General
Vivek Murthy, M.D., was an early supporter and advocate for the Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 15, 2013

Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan (for a Year)
Proposed change comes amid intense bipartisan pressure for a health-law fix
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Health Care Enrollments Fall Far Short of White House Estimates
Fewer than 27,000 people signed up for insurance through federal exchange in October, officials report
Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Promises on Nov. 30 ACA Website Fix: U.S. Tech Chief
Pressure mounts for solutions to health-law problems as deadline nears
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Population Aging Crisis May Have Been Overestimated
Decrease in dependency with threshold as remaining life expectancy of ≤15 years
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Many Would Give Health Plans Private Info to Save Money: Poll
Experts question whether people responding to Harris/HealthDay poll understand broader impact
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations
Early reports find federal and state insurance exchanges attracted low numbers
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Analysis Describes Economic Anatomy of U.S. Health Care
Despite increased resources for U.S. health care, health metrics show U.S. trailing peer nations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Obama 'Sorry' Some People Losing Health Coverage
Website repairs continue amid continued scrutiny of Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 08, 2013

Telemedicine Represents Enhanced Care Model
Uses technology to provide better health care and more reach, but legal and other concerns exist
Thursday, November 07, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
Trans fats linked to cardiovascular health
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Amount of Care Similar for Rural, Urban Medicare Users
No difference in amount of health care received or satisfaction with access to care within regions
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Better Oral Health Decreases Carotid Artery IMT Progression
Improvements in periodontal health associated with improvements in carotid artery thickness
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sebelius on Exchange Website: 'Delay Is Not an Option'
'A couple of hundred' fixes required, she tells Senate committee
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Interventions Can Cut Children's Smoke Exposure at Home
Intensive intervention not significantly better than minimal intervention for decreasing SHS exposure
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Senators Seek Answers on Health Marketplace Woes
Medicare chief says HealthCare.gov is secure, site operations are improving
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Score Identifies Patients at Low Risk of Strep Throat
Patients at low risk can avoid seeing a physician and unnecessary antibiotics
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Six People Signed Up on Day One of Federal Exchange Website
By the end of the second day, 248 people had enrolled for coverage, reports say
Friday, November 01, 2013

FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages
The FDA's strategic plan for drug shortages involves two major strategies
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Top 100 EHR Systems Sorted by Company Revenue
Some companies offer information about their product and services, but most vendors do not
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable' for Website 'Debacle'
HHS Secretary insists the troubled online registration site will be fixed by end of November
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Expedited Review Speeds Approval of New Drugs by FDA
But, drugs are tested in fewer patients, and many questions about safety remain
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 Health Care Quality Report Shows Some Improvements
Medicaid patients are happy with their care; antibiotic overuse still a concern
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Consultant Offers Tips for Training Staff to Use EHR System
Six tips focus on choosing a team, developing a plan, and scheduling regular training and testing
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Agency Chief Apologizes for Federal Website Woes
Head of CMS insists HealthCare.gov will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Most Negative Online Posts Aren't Defamation
Physicians should try to reach out to unhappy posters to fix the problem
Friday, October 25, 2013

Many Interns Don't Practice Etiquette-Based Communication
Interns overestimate the extent to which they introduce themselves and their role, sit with patient
Friday, October 25, 2013

Physicians Should Motivate and Retain Top Employees
Article notes that superstar employees are hard to replace
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Penalty Delayed As Federal Exchange Comes Under Fire
Lawmakers demand answers on HealthCare.gov foul-up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scribes Can Be Beneficial in Medical Practices
Ensure accurate documentation of provider dictates, allowing providers to focus on patient care
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Research Backlog at NIH Due to Shutdown
Labs suffered loss of momentum with their research; grant applications pushed back to November
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled HealthCare.gov Website
But he insists that the health-reform law that created the site is good for the country
Monday, October 21, 2013

Seniors Rarely Consider Switching Medicare Plan, Provider
Despite reporting high satisfaction 59 percent cut spending for unexpected health care costs
Monday, October 21, 2013

Small Businesses Weigh Health Insurance Options
Most features of exchanges rated favorably, but prices for premiums are critical issue
Monday, October 21, 2013

Study Compares Treatment Options for Nose Bleeds
Arterial ligation and embolization yield similar outcomes, although embolization is more costly
Friday, October 18, 2013

Treatment Interval Doesn't Affect Benefit of Acne Laser Tx
Improved atrophic acne scars with fractional CO2 laser treatment at one-, three-month intervals
Friday, October 18, 2013

Eye Contact Affects Patients' Perception of Clinician Empathy
Social touch during clinical encounter also important
Friday, October 18, 2013

In Buying Exchange Insurance, It Helps to Have Help
New online marketplaces don't do enough to let consumers weigh their options, experts say
Friday, October 18, 2013

'Coverage Gap' Likely to Affect 5.2 Million Uninsured Adults
Nationally, about 27 percent of uninsured adults in states without Medicaid expansion will be affected
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sebelius: Exchange Launch 'Rockier Than We Would Have Liked'
HHS secretary said improvements under way at HealthCare.gov website
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ablative Carbon Dioxide Laser Effective for Rhinophyma
Good outcomes for mild-to-moderate disease treated with fractionated therapy
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Steps Given to Minimize Burden of Prior Authorizations
Use payer's website, not phone; designated staff within practice should handle authorizations
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Be Affected by Federal Debt Default
Failure to raise debt ceiling by Oct. 17 will impact nation's health care programs
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ACG: Physical Activity Linked to Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer
Meta-analysis shows decreased risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma, not squamous cell cancer
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nonprofit U.S. Hospital CEO Compensation Varies Widely
Compensation tied to hospital technology deployment and patient satisfaction
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hospital Care Quality Varies by Insurance Coverage
Medicare patients appear most vulnerable to receiving inferior care
Monday, October 14, 2013

Study Discusses How to Create Value in Insurance Marketplaces
Accrediting bodies play role in performance measures, setting standards, providing feedback
Monday, October 14, 2013

Regional Variation Seen in Medicare ACO Formation
Measures of underlying provider integration may drive accountable care organization formation
Friday, October 11, 2013

'Cyberchondria' Worse in Those Troubled by Uncertainty
For those with fear of uncertainty, greater Internet searching leads to greater health anxiety
Friday, October 11, 2013

Incidentally, Non-Incidentally Discovered Thyroid CA Compared
Patients with incidentally discovered thyroid cancer likely to be older, male, have higher stage disease
Friday, October 11, 2013

Consumers Frustrated With First Days of ACA Exchanges
Three-quarters of those who tried to sign up for insurance reported problems
Friday, October 11, 2013

State-Run Health Exchanges Off to Smoother Start
Experts say that local insurance marketplaces are smaller so problems can be fixed faster
Thursday, October 10, 2013

AAFP Urges Congress to End Federal Government Shutdown
Shutdown is putting health of public at risk, with no impact on ACA funding
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Greater Potential for Health Gains From Delayed Aging
Yet most medical research remains focused on fighting individual diseases
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage Vary by State
States can tailor outreach efforts for coverage expansion to match the needs of their uninsured
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Patient Satisfaction Is Poor Measure of Hospital Quality
And busier hospitals tend to perform better
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Confusion Still Surrounds ACA Health Insurance Exchanges
However, Gallup poll suggests most will get insurance by December rather than pay a fine
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Both Patients and Doctors Tend to Be Creatures of Habit
Physicians can be reluctant to go against established grain
Monday, October 07, 2013

Design and Software Problems Plague Health Exchanges
Efforts to improve the federal registration website are under way, officials say
Monday, October 07, 2013

Senators Request Delay in Transition to Meaningful Use 2
Noting that many providers and EHR vendors are not ready, senators ask for one-year delay
Monday, October 07, 2013

U.S. Health Exchange Website Faced Intermittent Shutdowns
HealthCare.gov offline after 1 a.m. ET a few hours each night this past weekend
Monday, October 07, 2013

Majority of Physicians Concerned About Future of Medicine
But most surveyed doctors also report being satisfied with practice of medicine
Friday, October 04, 2013

VTE Occurs in 13 Percent of Head, Neck Cancer Surgery Cases
Chemoprophylaxis recommended in head, neck cancer patients admitted 72 hours post-surgery
Friday, October 04, 2013

Number of EMR Functions Linked to Physician Stress
Physicians with moderate versus low number of EMR functions report more stress, less satisfaction
Friday, October 04, 2013

Patient Portal Market Earned $279.8 Million in 2012
In the next five years, market is expected to reach $898.4, mainly driven by stage 2 meaningful use
Friday, October 04, 2013

Ethics of the Commercialization of Plastic Surgery Considered
Patient safety and education should take precedence over business concerns, financial security
Friday, October 04, 2013

IDSA: Antibiotics Still Overused in Bronchitis, Sore Throats
Two studies show antibiotic prescribed for most cases of acute bronchitis, sore throats in U.S. adults
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Impact of Shutdown on Docs, Patients Discussed
Meaningful use incentives unlikely to be affected; Medicare reimbursements will continue in short term
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Glitches Still Dog Online Health Exchanges
Officials work to correct problems, speed up capacity
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Elderly Blacks, Hispanics Have More Post-Op Complications
Largely affected by hospital and patient characteristics and gender
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fallout From Increase in High-Deductible Plans Examined
Increase likely with ACA implementation; research will aid creation of more sophisticated system
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Demand for Doctors Remained High in 2012
Physician recruiters from 156 organizations conducted nearly 5,000 active searches in 2012
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Expanding Scope of Nurse Practitioners Practice Discussed
Non-physician practitioners can ease burden on physicians; valuable in team-based care model
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacting Health Care Agencies
Activities that relate to safety of human life and protection of property will not be affected
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Technical Problems Still Vex Day 2 of ACA Exchange Rollout
Federal officials remind consumers that enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

AMA: More Than Half of Doctors Self-Employed in 2012
Less than one-quarter work in practices that are at least partially owned by hospitals
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technological Advances in Health Care for Google, Apple
Google launches company that will research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technical Glitches Mar Affordable Care Act Exchange Debut
Consumers are reminded that insurance enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Poor Performance Triggering EMR Switch for Small Practices
Small physicians practices leaving vendors as software systems fail to meet expectations
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Many Health Care Professionals Oppose ACA Proposals
Despite recognizing benefits, 56 percent oppose most, if not all, proposals in law
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Affordable Care Act Exchanges Are Up and Running
'Obamacare' marketplaces open amid some technical problems and a government shutdown
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Lower National Health Spending Due to Slow Economy
Over the period of 2012 to 2022, national health spending expected to grow at 5.8 percent annually
Monday, September 30, 2013

Only One-Third of Voters Think Congress Should Delay ACA
About half of voters will blame the Republicans 'a lot' if the government shuts down
Monday, September 30, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Still Run If Government Shuts Down
But other programs could be curtailed, according to contingency plans
Monday, September 30, 2013

DOL Clarifies Employer Health Insurance Notification Duty
Companies should provide notification to employees by Oct. 1, but no fines for failing to do so
Monday, September 30, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: ACA Impact on Medicare Recipients Unclear
Seniors may not grasp effects of health care reform
Friday, September 27, 2013

Health Worker Roles Impacted When 'Undervalued' by Patients
Frustrations can affect both performance and pay
Friday, September 27, 2013

Practical Tips Offered for Medical Employee Satisfaction
Training, respect, and reward go a long way
Friday, September 27, 2013

CDC: Flu Shot Coverage of Health Care Personnel Increasing
CDC finds that easy access to vaccination appears to be a motivator
Thursday, September 26, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Medicaid Expansion Will Up Coverage
Many will benefit, but some will still fall through the cracks
Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Options, Lower Premiums With Insurance Exchanges
HHS report finds health insurance premiums will be even less than expected
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Exchanges Offer Options for the Uninsured
Tax credits will benefit low and moderate earners
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ACP Provides Overview of Health Insurance Marketplaces
Ahead of enrollment, overview discusses implications for patients and physicians
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Reform a Mixed Bag for Workers
Those with job-based coverage can expect some changes
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Marriage Shown to Provide Cancer Survival Benefit
Married patients less likely to present with metastatic disease, die from their cancer
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Gives Final Guidance on Mobile Medical App Oversight
Oversight will be focused on medical apps that could potentially pose greater risk to patients
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ACP Releases Guideline for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Loss of excess weight and continuous positive airway pressure therapy strongly recommended
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Issues Final Rule for Device Identification System
The unique device identification system will improve patient safety, catalogue every device
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Young People Likely to Be Key to Success
However, only about one-quarter of young adults are aware of health insurance exchanges
Monday, September 23, 2013

HFES: Multi-Tasking Can Impair Diagnostic Performance
Performing concurrent complex memorization task has negative impact of diagnostic performance
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Exchanges Going Into Effect
Coverage could start as early as January 2014
Monday, September 23, 2013

Little Correlation Between Care Quality, Patient Experience
Strongest correlations with clinical quality were seen for patient assessments of access
Friday, September 20, 2013

Millions Are Harmed by Unsafe Medical Care Each Year
About two-thirds of adverse events occur in low-income and middle-income countries
Thursday, September 19, 2013

EHR Systems Meeting Meaningful Use Criteria Beneficial
Most systems meet criteria; linked to time savings, reports of enhanced confidentiality
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

More Than 1.6 Million Americans Expected to Get Cancer in 2013
Despite increased number of survivors due to progress in research, >500,000 expected to die
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Inverse Link for Dental Caries, Head/Neck Squamous Cell CA
After adjustment, those in upper tertiles of caries, crown, endodontic tx have reduced risk of HNSCC
Friday, September 13, 2013

Residual Sleep Apnea Common After Adenotonsillectomy
21 percent of children under 3 with obstructive sleep apnea have residual disease after T&A
Friday, September 13, 2013

About Half of Health Care Providers Are 'Digital Omnivores'
Use tablet, smartphone, and laptop/desktop; prefer mobile devices for all tasks
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

'Meaningful Use' Achievement Not Uniform Across Hospitals
Critical-access, smaller, publicly-owned or nonprofit hospitals most at risk for 2015 penalties
Monday, September 09, 2013

Male-Female Physician Earnings Gap Has Persisted for 20 Years
No significant difference in the adjusted earnings of female physicians relative to males since 1987
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Docs' Confidence in Diagnosis Unrelated to Diagnostic Accuracy
Vignette study shows little difference in confidence for cases diagnosed correctly, incorrectly
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Workaholics Have Poorer Physical and Mental Health
Working more than 50 hours per week linked to reduced physical and mental well-being
Monday, September 02, 2013

Employer-Based Health Insurance Premiums Rose Modestly in 2013
Smaller firms and those with many lower-wage workers asking beneficiary to pay more
Monday, September 02, 2013

Most Head, Neck Surgeons Discuss Risk Factors, HPV
Express support for activities to educate, increase awareness, advocate for HPV-related health policy
Friday, August 30, 2013

Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate
Individual mandate starting in 2014; individuals expected to carry health insurance or get fined
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations
Reduced spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily improved quality
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CPAP Impacts Mortality in Patients With COPD, Sleep Apnea
Time spent on continuous positive airway pressure therapy improves mortality risk in 'overlap syndrome'
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed
Considerable disparities linked to geographic location, demographics; many can be prevented
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients
Ethical, legal, financial, professional implications for docs; communication key during transition
Monday, August 19, 2013

HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators
Navigators will need to complete initial and ongoing training, renew certification annually
Monday, August 19, 2013

Depression Up in Post-Radiation Head & Neck Cancer Survivors
Depression is fairly consistent through five years post-radiotherapy; treatments are underutilized
Friday, August 16, 2013

IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care
Sessions describe their roles in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, value improvement
Friday, August 16, 2013

Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences
Patient knowledge, skills, and confidence influences response from the provider
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care
Physician unsure that benefits of EMRs outweigh costs, have little confidence in transition to ICD-10
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude
Link between verbal abuse and job satisfaction, organizational commitment, intent to stay
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration
Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare will include patient organizations, docs, nurse, PA
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information
Exchange of clinical care summaries and medication lists remains limited
Monday, August 12, 2013

Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals
Medical center-based farmers market can contribute to patient-centered care
Monday, August 12, 2013

ASA: Working Moms Experience More Stresses Than Dads
For mothers, job-linked concerns spill over into free time; thinking about family matters tied to stress
Monday, August 12, 2013

Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated
Exposed personnel should be provided with close follow-up, including counseling, HIV testing
Monday, August 12, 2013

Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing
Changing defensive practices must target physicians' underlying malpractice concerns
Friday, August 09, 2013

Review Looks at Antibiotic Rx in Ambulatory Settings
More than one-fourth of prescriptions are for conditions in which antibiotics are rarely indicated
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2
Letter to HHS expresses concern about readiness for stage 2; urges flexibility in adoption
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Participation Increases in Online CME Activities
In 2012, 82 percent of accredited CME activities did not receive commercial support
Monday, August 05, 2013

ASID: Doctors May Be to Blame for Antimicrobial Resistance
Five experts discuss the roles of animals, airlines, doctors, drug companies, nursing homes
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Immediate Post-Op Delirium Common in Elderly Patients
Most delirium episodes detected during hospitalization start in post-anesthesia care unit
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Ob-Gyns Should Discuss Oral Hygiene With All Patients
Prevention, diagnosis, treatment of oral health conditions safe during pregnancy
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Health 'Mutual Accountability' Pilot Program Launching
MedEncentive's health outcomes/costs improvement program to be tested over three years in Oklahoma
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reversal of Medical Practices Common Over Past Decade
Over 40 percent of studies that tested current practice led to medical reversal
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review Explores HPV Link to Higher Risk of Esophageal Cancer
Meta-analysis shows a three-fold increased risk
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

About One in Five Children Outgrow Asthma
Less likely for females, those sensitized to animals, and those with severe asthma
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nonfatal Food-Linked Choking Occurs in 12,435 Children/Year
Hard candy is food most frequently associated with choking, as well as other candy, meat, bone
Monday, July 29, 2013

Sleep Disordered Breathing Tied to Lower Exercise Capacity
Independent association also seen between sleep disordered breathing and higher peak diastolic BP
Thursday, July 25, 2013

IOM Confirms Geographic Variation in Health Spending
Geographically-based value index unlikely to be beneficial; decision making occurs at individual level
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Support for Banning Smoking in Locations With Children
Widespread support for ban in vehicles with young children, daycare/babysitting facilities
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HPV Vaccine Effective Against Oral Infections
Vaccine may play role in the primary prevention of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Docs Need to Follow Patients' Lead, Embrace Social Media
As more patients discuss, manage their health care online, doctors need to make use of social media
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

U.S. Physicians Not Supportive of Changes in Payment Models
Although docs agree on need to reduce costs, most don't want to eliminate fee-for-service approach
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarette Regulation Discussed
Two editorials discuss implications of regulations of ECs as medicinal devices in U.S., Europe
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cough in Adolescent Boys May Signal Aspirated Blowgun Dart
Instructions for making blowgun darts found on 20 websites, but only a few give safety warnings
Monday, July 22, 2013

Tablets Help Physicians Keep Up With Medical Research
Smartphones mainly used to access drug information, to access research, communicate
Monday, July 22, 2013

Premiums Expected to Be About 20 Percent Lower in 2014
Proposed premiums for 2014 lower than expected for individual market and small group market
Monday, July 22, 2013

Speech, Learning Difficulties Linked to Ear Defect
Children with abnormality are at greater risk if they have unilateral disease
Friday, July 19, 2013

Top Challenges for Docs Include Financial Management
Challenges include shifting reimbursement models, insufficient time with patients, ACA effects
Friday, July 19, 2013

Missed Diagnoses, Med Errors Most Common Malpractice Claims
Missed diagnosis represents 26 to 63 percent of all primary care claims across included studies
Friday, July 19, 2013

Financial Incentives Can Drive Health IT Adoption
Financial incentives increased e-prescribing use even among existing users
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Could Benefit Docs
However, proposed implementation of sustainable growth rate formula threatens primary care
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

EHRs May Slow Growth in Ambulatory Health Care Costs
Among projected savings are significant decreases in ambulatory radiology costs
Monday, July 15, 2013

CMS Proposes New Rule for Outpatient Payment Policies
Rule would expand categories of related items and services for outpatient prospective payment system
Monday, July 15, 2013

Phone Call OK Instead of Visit for Routine Post-Op Follow-Up
Most patients undergoing ambulatory surgery accepted and were highly satisfied with telehealth
Friday, July 12, 2013

AMA Offers Guidance for Improving EHR Effectiveness
Policies established to help docs navigate patient communication while using electronic devices
Friday, July 12, 2013

Physicians Frustrated by Third-Party Interference
Frustrations vary for those employed in hospitals/institutions or in practice, partners
Friday, July 12, 2013

Grants of $150 Million for Community Health Centers
Walgreen Co. to distribute brochures to inform consumers about health law, obtaining coverage
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Health Searches May Be Leaked to Third Parties
Third-party tracking generally not present on government or physician-oriented sites
Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Adults Value Health Care Provider Skill Evaluation
Most adults feel health care providers who treat them should adhere to a recertification program
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Docs Don't Often Talk to Patients About Dietary Supplements
Primary care docs discuss dietary supplements with patients in about one-quarter of visits
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Low-Income Patients Prefer Hospital to Outpatient Care
Urban patients cite lower cost, ease of access, and better care as reasons for using hospital care
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors
Blood donations down about 10 percent in June; 50,000 fewer donations than expected
Thursday, July 11, 2013

One in Five U.S. Adults Will Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills
In 2013, 10 million adults with year-round health insurance expected to have bills they can't pay
Thursday, July 11, 2013

In 2010, Blood Transfusion Most Frequent Hospital Procedure
Accounting for 11 percent of hospital stays with a procedure; common in all ages except infants
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Prevalence of Oral HPV Infection Low in Healthy Men
Incidence of oral infection with oncogenic human papilloma virus higher in smokers and single men
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones for Docs Using EHRs
Fifty-one percent of tablet users access EHRs, compared with 7 percent of smartphone users
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplaces Not Required to Verify Claims
Due to legislative and operational barriers, they can rely on self-reported information
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Improvement Needed in Drug Post-Marketing Studies
Many studies have not yet been started and studies with delays have doubled
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Digital Divide Plagues Underserved Areas
Lower adoption of EHRs seen in underserved areas across the United States
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Supplement Use Common Among Facial Cosmetic Surgery Patients
Herbal supplement use significantly more common among females and older patients
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Adoption of Electronic Health Records Is Progressing
In 2012, 44 percent of hospitals have an EHR; 42 percent implement stage 1 meaningful use
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Practices Are Not Ready for Implementation of ICD-10
Only 4.8 percent of practices report significant progress or are ready for implementation
Monday, July 08, 2013

Obama Administration: ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed
Major news out of the White House: the delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Avoidable Health Care Costs Exceed $200 Billion in 2012
Progress being made, with increases in meds adherence, use of generics, drop in antibiotics Rx
Friday, June 28, 2013

Bipartisan Recommendations Can Strengthen Health System
Recommendations related to Medicare, tax policy reform, preventive care, empowering states
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Adults With Chronic Conditions Earn C+ for Meds Adherence
Twenty-four percent completely adherent; about half have two or more non-adherent behaviors
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HHS Launches Insurance Marketplace Website, Call Center
Initiatives form part of consumer-focused education effort to help prepare for enrollment
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

8.5 Million Enrollees to Receive Health Insurance Rebates
Rebates averaging $100 per family to be paid as part of ACA '80/20' rule
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Publicly Reported Mortality Predicts Hospital Performance
Hospitals with high performance on publicly reported index conditions have lower overall death rate
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guide Issued for Tying Primary Care to Regional Organizations
AHRQ guide will help assess readiness for linking EHRs to regional health information organizations
Monday, June 24, 2013

Survival of England's National Health Service Questioned
Financial austerity, administrative reorganization, report of shortcomings have caused turmoil in NHS
Monday, June 24, 2013

AHRQ Offers Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events
Strategies provided for stages of ordering, transcribing, dispensing, administration of meds
Friday, June 21, 2013

Prenatal Smoke Exposure Linked to Hearing Loss in Teens
Exposure linked to increased pure-tone hearing thresholds, unilateral low-frequency hearing loss
Friday, June 21, 2013

HPV Antibodies Signal Higher Risk for Oropharyngeal Cancer
Seropositivity more likely in prediagnostic sera from oropharyngeal cancer patients than controls
Thursday, June 20, 2013

CMS Implementing Physician Quality Reporting System
System offers incentives to physicians and practices that submit data on quality measures
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obesity Is a Disease, Says American Medical Association
New designation may intensify focus on prevention and treatment
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Practices Are Not Prepared for Implementation of ICD-10
Problems include lack of response from vendors, lags in internal software testing, external testing
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sleep Apnea Predicts Sudden Cardiac Death
Nocturnal hypoxemia, a feature of apnea, strongly, independently predicts sudden cardiac death
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Person-to-Person Transmission of MERS-CoV Identified
Person-to-person transmission noted in 21 of 23 cases of health care-associated infections
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed
Potential to increase access to and delivery of health care in developed, developing world
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement
Farzad Mostashari urges physicians to redesign care flow to maximize productivity of EHRs
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines
Rule focuses on integrity of state Marketplaces; aims to safeguard federal funds, protect consumers
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

State-Based Health Care Price Websites Lacking
Greater focus needed on pricing for predictable, non-urgent services subject to deductibles
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.
In 2012, 6.6 percent of children, 26.4 percent of 19- to 25-year-olds uninsured at time of interview
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unauthorized Immigrants Make Up 1.4% U.S. Medical Spending
Infectious disease services, participation in insurance marketplaces may aid access to care
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FDA Discusses Cybersecurity for Medical Devices, Hospitals
Medical device manufacturers and health care facilities should take appropriate preventive action
Monday, June 17, 2013

New Treatments Outperforming Placebo Becoming Less Common
Comparative effectiveness studies may be needed
Friday, June 14, 2013

Survey Examines Physician Satisfaction With EHRs
About one-quarter of practices have no EHR; more than half of adopters report increased efficiency
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Use of EHRs Can Enhance Doc-Patient Communication
EHR use during clinical encounters can invite patients into participatory model of care
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Most Doctors Feel They Are Under-Using Mobile Apps
Most favor iPhones, tablets/iPads; most would use additional functionalities if they were available
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

APIC: CDC Develops Toolkit to Assist With Patient Notification
Toolkit includes resources to help notify patients after potential exposure to infectious organisms
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers
New health insurance choices will be available in most states via Health Insurance Marketplaces
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Few Physicians Meeting Meaningful Use in Early 2012
Managing patient populations with electronic systems not easy for many physicians
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills
Decrease in adults (<65 years) and children in families with difficulty paying medical bills
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Health of Nation Reviewed With Focus on Emergency Care
Twenty percent of people reported visiting emergency department at least once in last year
Monday, June 03, 2013

Patients Who Share in Care Decisions May Up Costs of Care
Hospitalized patients who preferred to be involved in care decisions had longer stays and higher costs
Thursday, May 30, 2013

One-Third of Medical Students Have Implicit Anti-Fat Bias
Most are unaware of their significant implicit bias, although it could affect quality of care
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Odds of Mortality Up With Elective Surgery on Friday, Weekend
Significantly increased risk of mortality within 30 days for Friday, weekend versus Monday surgery
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Doc Passengers Assist in Half of In-Flight Medical Emergencies
Most common in-flight medical problems syncope, respiratory symptoms, nausea and vomiting
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Transparency Key to Improving Value Care for Patients
Data on price, utilization, and quality should be made publicly available to ensure greater value
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

HHS: End-of-2013 Targets for EHR Use Already Reached
>50 percent of doctor offices, 80 percent of eligible hospitals using electronic health records
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Docs Anticipating Changes Ahead As ACA Progresses
Most expect ACA to continue as planned; expect further integration for themselves, hospitals
Monday, May 27, 2013

About One in Four Uninsured Could Be Excluded From ACA
Twenty-seven percent of those eligible for assistance tax credits do not have checking account
Friday, May 24, 2013

Data Support Basing Health Decisions on Both Benefit, Cost
Health care cost varies from $2 to $224 per month of health status-adjusted life expectancy
Friday, May 24, 2013

Frequent Heartburn Linked to Cancer of Pharynx and Larynx
Antacid use may lower risk
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Systematic Screening of Med Adherence Will ID Barriers
Tailored interventions will be feasible following systematic monitoring of adherence
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

USPSTF: Primary Care Docs Can Promote Dental Health
Grade B recommendation for use of oral fluoride supplementation, fluoride varnish for under-5s
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Digital Divide Exists With Physician EHR Adoption
Adopters found to be optimistic about IT's potential, while non-adopters remain skeptical
Monday, May 20, 2013

Half of Plastic Surgeons Use Social Media Professionally
Social media use highest among those who primarily perform cosmetic plastic surgery
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Excessive Soda Can Mimic Illicit Drug Use Effects on Teeth
Dental erosion due to methamphetamines, crack cocaine, excessive soda can be misdiagnosed
Monday, May 13, 2013

New FDA Survey to Assess Doc Attitudes on DTC Advertising
New survey will examine attitudes among non-physicians, including nurses, physician assistants
Monday, May 13, 2013

User Satisfaction With Electronic Health Records Down
Twelve percent decrease in user satisfaction since 2010; increase in very dissatisfied users
Friday, May 10, 2013

Poor Service, Bedside Manner Top Patients' Online Complaints
Review of 'rate-your-doctor' websites reveals patients' most common gripes
Friday, May 10, 2013

Smartphones, Smartphone Apps Increasingly Used by Docs
Two reports show use of smartphones and apps for professional purposes is increasing
Thursday, May 09, 2013

HHS Releases Data on Inpatient Charges for Hospital Services
HHS is also providing funding to data centers to collate, analyze, publish data to assist consumers
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Application for Health Coverage Has Been Simplified, Shortened
First-time consumers will be able to complete one three-page application, see all available options
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Parental Saliva on Infant's Pacifier Protects From Allergies
Children whose parents 'clean' their pacifiers have significantly reduced odds of asthma, eczema
Monday, May 06, 2013

PAS: Children With Strep Don't Need to Toss Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes from children with GAS did not show GAS bacterial growth
Monday, May 06, 2013

Patients Most Annoyed by Long Waits, Unclear Test Results
Survey regarding doctor's office grievances identifies patients' top pet peeves
Friday, May 03, 2013

Health Industry Payment Details to Be Publicly Available
New CMS website will detail financial ties between drug, device manufacturers and docs, hospitals
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Renewed Efforts From AAFP to Repeal OTC Provision in ACA
Provision will increase costs to health care system; add to burden on physician offices
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FDA Announces New Network to Focus Exclusively on Patients
Interactive tool designed to educate patients and advocates about processes of drug development
Monday, April 29, 2013

Medical Interns Spending Less Time With Patients
More time being spent at a computer since work hours were limited in 2011
Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday Marks Sixth Annual Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Collection sites will be available around the country
Friday, April 26, 2013

Physicians Less Empathetic in Talking to Heavy Patients
Patient weight plays no role in quantity of physicians' biomedical communications
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Diagnostic Errors Are the Leading Type of Malpractice Claim
Diagnosis-related payments from 1986 to 2010 totaled $38.8 billion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

>40 Percent of Parents Give Cough Meds to Young Children
Despite warning label that products should not be used for young children, many parents give meds
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Outcomes No Worse With Home Call for Surgical Interns
Overall unadjusted morbidity and mortality rates no worse with home call versus in-hospital call
Monday, April 22, 2013

TEDMED: Get the Joy Back Into Health and Wellness
Surgeon General talks about importance of bringing joy back into movement and medicine
Monday, April 22, 2013

TEDMED: Patients Can Become Leaders on the Health Team
Communities can raise their own leaders; may be key approach to change at community level
Monday, April 22, 2013

Patient-Centered Decision Making Ups Health Outcomes
Health care outcomes improved for 71 percent of contextual factors that were addressed by PCDM
Friday, April 19, 2013

Patient Satisfaction Poor Indicator of Quality Surgical Care
Link between patient satisfaction and teamwork climate, safety climate, stress recognition
Friday, April 19, 2013

Racial Disparity in Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes
Black Medicaid beneficiaries less likely to get surgical treatment, more likely to die than whites
Friday, April 19, 2013

Family-Centered Teaching Rounds Good for Patients, Students
Higher patient satisfaction with exam room presentations; many residents have concerns
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Relative Proportion of MRSA Increasing in S. aureus Isolates
Methicillin-sensitive S. aureus becoming more resistant to antibiotics
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Community Benefit Spending Varies for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
Most spent on charity care, patient services; less spent on community health improvement
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review Addresses Need for 'Sharps' Injury Prevention Efforts
Fatigue, inexperience play critical role; health and cost impact can be significant
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Speech Details Practices to Improve U.S. Health Systems
Mayo Clinic CEO outlines key steps to create high-quality, low-cost care in America
Thursday, April 11, 2013

USPSTF Finds Evidence Is Lacking for Oral Cancer Screens
Task force says more work needed to see if tests can accurately detect disease, help outcomes
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Tonsillectomy Benefits Adults With Recurrent Pharyngitis
Study patients report improved quality of life, fewer days absent from work or school
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Many Uninsured Vets Will Be Eligible for Medicaid Under ACA
But most of uninsured will have new coverage options only if their state expands Medicaid
Friday, March 29, 2013

Using Internet Search Logs Can Help Identify Drug Interactions
Tool may alert authorities to potential problems and aid in surveillance of adverse events
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Study: Primary Care Extension Program Should Be Funded
Authors say PCEP important to improving public health, translating research into practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Regional Variation Noted in Prevalence of Delayed Care
Populations in counties with high prevalence likely to be Hispanic, have low income, chronic disease
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Inpatient Deaths Fell by 8 Percent in Last Decade
But total number of hospitalizations increased by 11 percent
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

AHA: Active Docs More Likely to Advise Patients to Be Active
Review sees link between health care providers' physical activity level, counseling offered
Friday, March 22, 2013

Mobility Impaired May Have Difficulty Accessing Docs
Inability to transfer patient from wheelchair to examination bed most commonly reported issue
Friday, March 22, 2013

Impact of Budget Sequestration on Health Care Discussed
Cuts will not be equal: Medicaid protected; 2 percent cut for Medicare; 8.2 percent cut for NIH
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Effect of Immigration Status on Medicaid Eligibility Discussed
Seventeen percent of low-income, uninsured nonelderly are unauthorized or recently legal
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ER Discharge Dx/Disposition Discordant With Chief Complaint
Presenting complaints don't differ amongst patients needing primary care, urgent care, hospital admission
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Common at 2011 AAOS Meeting
All featured symposia at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons disclosed conflicts
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Black Children Less Likely to Be Prescribed Antibiotics
Also less likely to be diagnosed with conditions requiring antibiotics, even from the same doctor
Monday, March 18, 2013

Final Rule in Notice of Benefit, Payment Parameters Issued
Rule expands on existing standards for risk adjustment, reinsurance, risk corridors
Friday, March 15, 2013

Pharmaceutical Companies Are Reducing Promotional Spending
Much less spent to promote biologics compared with small molecule drugs, study finds
Friday, March 15, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Will Mainly Be Run by Feds
Federal government will establish exchanges for 26 states; state-run exchanges for 17 states, D.C.
Friday, March 15, 2013

Sentinel Injuries Are Common in Infants Who Are Abused
Many found harmed have a history of suspicious wounds occurring before cruising age
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

$120 Million to Be Sequestered From Health Centers in 2013
Losses likely to be more severe for health centers that are especially grant dependent
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Clinical Trials Published Almost Two Years After Completion
Funding source, number of participants, and journal impact factor all affect time to publication
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Most Docs Report Information Overload in EHR-Setting
Docs who report information overload more likely to have missed results leading to delayed care
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

U.K. Health Performance Worse Than Comparable Countries
Tobacco, high blood pressure, high BMI leading risk factors for disability-adjusted life-years
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Panel Recommends 10 Patient Safety Strategies
Ten strategies strongly encouraged for adoption; a further 12 strategies encouraged
Monday, March 04, 2013

CMS Reports on Progress Toward Improved Health Care
Progress includes slowing of growth in health care spending, decrease in readmissions
Monday, March 04, 2013

Computerized Provider Order Entry System Cuts Rx Errors
Given effect size, CPOE use, estimated reduction of 12.5 percent in medication errors each year
Monday, March 04, 2013

Sequestration to Impact Health Care-Related Programs
Medicare providers and medical researchers brace for cuts from fiscal impasse
Friday, March 01, 2013

Preparation Underway for Implementation of ACA in 2014
Medicaid and CHIP are still main source of insurance coverage for children, pregnant women
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AAP Updates Guidelines for Acute Otitis Media
Updated guideline provides more stringent criteria to make a diagnosis and prescribe antibiotics
Monday, February 25, 2013

Study Examines Botox Dose Disparity in Aesthetic Face Tx
Electromyography data show onabotulinum toxin B has similar effect on upper, lower facial muscles
Friday, February 22, 2013

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Expanded
New rule from HHS outlines standards for essential health benefits
Friday, February 22, 2013

CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014
Suggested changes will increase value and protection for beneficiaries
Thursday, February 21, 2013

FDA: Codeine After Surgery Puts Children At Risk
Food and Drug Administration urging use of alternative pain reliever
Thursday, February 21, 2013

ASPS: Plastic Surgery Procedures Increasing in U.S.
Number of total cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures up in 2012
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
Penalties under 2009 law start in 2015
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Erlotinib + Celecoxib Effective in Head and Neck Cancer
Combination therapy may help prevent head and neck cancer in high-risk patients
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care
Rethinking, redesign, and application of necessary tools suggested for health care value reform
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed
Proposed rule aims to increase ability of health care professionals to improve patient care
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care
Modeling shows that computers can improve medical decisions and outcomes at lower costs
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Acupuncture May Help Treat Seasonal Allergies
Acupuncture improves quality of life and reduces antihistamine use, but further study required
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Health Care-Associated Infections Decreased in 2011
Largest drop in central line-associated bloodstream infections; surgical site infections also down
Friday, February 15, 2013

IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs
Falsified and substandard meds are ineffective; may trigger resistance and cause illness, death
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored
Men who are outearned by their wives more likely to use erectile dysfunction medications
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform
Program centered on coordinated care organization highlights challenges of contracting with ACOs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda
Fifty-five percent view establishment of insurance exchange as top policy priority for their state
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Increasing Patient Activation Tied to Lower Health Care Costs
Having a higher score on the Patient Activation Measure linked to improved outcomes, lower costs
Monday, February 11, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Still Up in U.S. in Fourth Week of 2013
Pneumonia and flu-linked deaths above epidemic threshold; eight pediatric deaths reported
Monday, February 04, 2013

Physicians Commonly Report Unsafe Hospital Workloads
Findings from an online survey of hospitalists show excess workload affects patient outcome
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brain Scans Show Doctors Empathize With Patients
Regions associated with pain relief and reward activated
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Predictors of Dissatisfaction With Midface Rejuvenation ID'd
Rate of dissatisfaction not linked to age; correlates with malar hypoplasia, loss of elasticity
Friday, January 25, 2013

Large Teaching Hospitals Face More Readmission Penalties
After adjustment, likelihood of being penalized highest for safety-net hospitals
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Care Transition Initiative Decreases Rehospitalizations
However, no significant reduction in 30-day rehospitalization as percent of hospital discharges
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hearing Loss Linked to Cognitive Impairment in Elderly
And, prevalence of dual sensory impairment is 11.3 percent among those ≥80 years
Monday, January 21, 2013

Efforts Failed to Up Primary Care, Rural Resident Training
Net growth in primary care training, but outpaced by growth in non-primary care training
Friday, January 18, 2013

Differences in Care for E-Visits, Office Visits for Sinusitis, UTI
Follow-up similar with both visits; more antibiotics prescribed, less preventive care with e-visits
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Influenza Burden Remains High in Young Children
Less than 45 percent of children vaccinated despite expanded recommendations
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Even Brief Interruptions Dramatically Increase Errors
Error rate doubled or tripled in response to brief interruptions of only 2.8 to 4.4 seconds
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Family Docs Are Early Adopters of Electronic Health Records
Sixty-eight percent currently use EHR systems; likely to surpass 80 percent by 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mismatched Expectations on Average Duration of Cough
Patients dramatically underestimate the mean duration of acute cough illness
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Certain Online Behaviors of Docs Warrant Investigation
Consensus in seven of ten vignettes; outcome less clear for other doc online behavior scenarios
Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Issues for Docs and Patients Identified for 2013
Issues include access to care, physician shortages, preparation for 30 million new patients
Monday, January 14, 2013

National U.S. Health Care Spending Relatively Stable
But during 2011, personal health care spending growth accelerated
Friday, January 11, 2013

SPIRIT 2013 Clinical Trial Protocol Guidelines Issued
Thirty-three-item SPIRIT checklist will serve as guideline for the minimum content of clinical trial
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Health Care Use Dropped Among All During Recession
Little evidence of racial or ethnic disparities, except for fewer physician visits for Hispanics
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Shared Savings May Promote Care Coordination Entity Use
Sharing savings with dually eligible patients may foster enrollment in coordinated care entities
Monday, January 07, 2013

Association Between Health Care Cost, Quality Inconsistent
Review of 61 studies shows inconsistent evidence for the direction of the association
Thursday, January 03, 2013

House Joins Senate to Avert Medicare Cuts
U.S. health care could be significantly affected by failure to reach 'fiscal cliff' agreement
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Surgical Never Events Costly, Cause Considerable Harm
Payment increases based on severity of harm to patient, for docs with multiple malpractice reports
Friday, December 28, 2012

Understanding of Infantile Hemangiomas Is Improving
New treatment options are available to minimize functional deformity, but risks need to be assessed
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pediatric Ingestions of Caustic Substances Down in 2009
Eight hundred seven children in 2009 required hospitalization for caustic ingestion injuries
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Health Care Satisfaction Rated As High by Unacculturated Hispanics
Unacculturated or biculturated Hispanics give higher ratings for health care experiences
Monday, December 17, 2012

Caffeinated Coffee May Reduce Oral/Pharyngeal Cancer Deaths
Drinking at least four cups of coffee per day cuts oral/pharyngeal cancer deaths by ~50 percent
Friday, December 14, 2012

Health Care Law Boosts Savings on Meds for Medicare Recipients
Savings on prescription drugs has reached $5.1 billion; for more than 5.8 million beneficiaries
Friday, December 07, 2012

Evidence Supports Premise: OR Distractions Up Surgical Errors
Simulation study of surgical trainees finds interrupting questions, sidebar conversations most disruptive
Thursday, December 06, 2012

FDA: Public-Private Venture Set to Improve Regulatory Science
Medical Device Innovation Consortium will collaborate with FDA to better evaluate new devices
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Increasing Number of Workers in Self-Insured Health Plans
In 2011, 58.5 percent with health coverage self-insured; increase driven by large employers
Monday, December 03, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals
Adjusted physician earnings dropped by 1.6 percent from 1996-2000 to 2006-2010
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law
From 2014, insurance companies prohibited from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Safety-Net Hospital Care Good for Head, Neck Cancer
Surgical care provided to vulnerable population without increase in mortality, morbidity, costs
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

~40% of Post-Op Complications Occur After Discharge
Patients with post-discharge complications have increased rates of reoperation, 30-day death
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides
Docs more likely to have antipsychotics, barbiturates, not antidepressants on toxicology testing
Friday, November 16, 2012

Hearing Impairment More Prevalent in Diabetes
Meta-analysis shows two-fold higher prevalence of hearing impairment in diabetes patients
Friday, November 16, 2012

Steroids Up Probability of Facial Nerve Recovery in Bell's Palsy
Guidelines recommend steroids for new-onset disease; addition of antivirals offers modest benefit
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Salivary Gland Ultrasonography Improves Sjögren's Diagnosis
Addition of ultrasonography to AECG classification improves diagnostic accuracy
Friday, November 02, 2012

Fascia Lata Can Substitute for Nasal Lining in Reconstruction
Case series of five patients shows viability in total and subtotal nasal reconstruction procedures
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

U.S. Medicare Spending on Elderly Has Outpaced Canada's
Growth three times faster in the U.S., while Canada offers more comprehensive benefits
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Genuine Very Large Effects in Trials Rare in Medicine
Very large effects typically seen in small trials and diminish subsequently; seldom address mortality
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Case Series Suggest 'Mother's Kiss' Is Safe, Effective
Technique for removing foreign objects from nasal cavity effective in about 60 percent of cases
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dysphagia Not Tied to Post-Anterior Cervical Op Swelling
No correlation between degree of prevertebral soft-tissue swelling and postoperative dysphagia
Friday, October 05, 2012

Limiting the Problem of Missing Data Urged for Clinical Trials
Special report: analysis methods can not compensate for missing data, simple fixes ruled out
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Common Herbicide Linked to Rare Birth Defect
Nearly two-fold higher risk of choanal atresia, stenosis for high maternal exposure to atrazine
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

High-Dose Vitamin D Does Not Prevent or Treat Colds
No reductions in days missed from work, duration of symptoms, or cold severity
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Patients Benefit From Access to Physician Notes
Patients frequently access visit notes; almost all patients want open note policy to continue
Monday, October 01, 2012

Biomarkers Identified in Head and Neck Cancers
In two studies, survival predicted by HPV viral load and viral gene expression
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Higher Mortality Risk With Preoperative Hyponatremia
Also linked to more complications, including coronary events, wound infections, and pneumonia
Friday, September 14, 2012

AAO: Younger Age Predicts Weight Gain After Tonsil Removal
Younger age predicts weight gain after adenotonsillectomy for sleep apnea, tonsillitis
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Updated Guidelines Issued for 'Strep' Diagnosis, Treatment
Penicillin or amoxicillin recommended as first-line therapy for Group A streptococcal pharyngitis
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Teens More Likely to Smoke if They Think Their Friends Smoke
Friend self-reported smoking has less impact; smoking significantly linked to popularity
Friday, September 07, 2012

Not All Docs/Nurses Want to Be Asked About Hand Hygiene
Few were asked in the past month; more than a quarter do not want patients to remind them
Friday, September 07, 2012

Neti Pots Linked to Deaths From Amebic Infection
Two patients who died both used irrigation devices with N. fowleri-contaminated tap water
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Considerable Variation in Outcomes for Cleft Lip/Palate
Outcomes result from environmental and biological factor interaction; vary by developmental stage
Friday, August 17, 2012

FDA: Codeine May Be Fatal in Subset of Children
Some children genetically predisposed to convert codeine to dangerous levels of morphine
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Poor Follow-Up of Hospital Tests Often Due to Late Orders
Tests performed on day of discharge represent 6.8 percent of all tests, 46.8 percent of missed results
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oral Corticosteroids Deemed Ineffective for Rhinosinusitis
No significant difference in symptom relief between steroid group and placebo group
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Photosensitizing Antihypertensive Meds Up Risk of Lip Cancer
Non-Hispanic whites treated long term with antihypertensives have increased odds of lip cancer
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Honey Reduces Cough in Child Upper Respiratory Infection
Honey linked to greater relief from nocturnal cough, sleep difficulty versus silan date placebo
Monday, August 06, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Anesthesia Regimen Linked to Post-Orthognathic Op Pain
More pain in first four hours after surgery for patients receiving propofol and remifentanil
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Quality of Life Good After Salvage Nasopharyngectomy
Social functioning is lowest of five functioning scales after surgery for residual, recurrent cancer
Friday, July 27, 2012

Accurate Videos of Epley Maneuver Available on YouTube
Video demonstrations generally accurate, widely viewed; videos used for self-treatment, education
Monday, July 23, 2012

Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals
Worse performance on nearly every measure of patient experience; discrepancy persisted over time
Thursday, July 19, 2012

~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually
Main causes are poor clinical monitoring, diagnostic errors, and inadequate drug/fluid management
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Free Light Chains Identified in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Increased concentration of free light chains most prominent in those with nasal polyps
Monday, July 16, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
Most frequent reasons for presenteeism include feeling obligation to colleagues and to patient care
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Periodontitis Linked to HPV-Positive Head, Neck Tumors
Association stronger in patients with oropharyngeal cancer versus oral, laryngeal cancer
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Surgical Interns Concerned About Duty-Hour Restrictions
Most feel restrictions will decrease continuity with patients, coordination of care, time spent operating
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Troponin T May Help Predict Death After Noncardiac Surgery
Increasing troponin T levels during first three days post-op linked to increased 30-day mortality risk
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Individual Variation in Antiviral Response Present at Birth
Differences in innate immune response may predict susceptibility to respiratory illness during first year
Friday, May 25, 2012

Cognitive, Sound-Based Combo Therapy Reduces Tinnitus
Quality of life, tinnitus severity, and impairment all improved with multidisciplinary therapy
Friday, May 25, 2012

'Risky Music Behaviors' Linked to Other Risk Behaviors in Youth
Young adults listening to loud music more likely to engage in substance abuse and unsafe sex
Monday, May 21, 2012

Small Benefit of Inhaled Corticosteroids for Sinusitis
Review shows benefits may be greater at increased doses and with courses of several weeks duration
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lack of Sleep Not Necessarily Detrimental to Surgical Skills
However, sleep deprivation ups mental workload for medical students performing surgical task
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Training Helps OR Nurses Manage Disruptive Physician Behavior
Post-communication training, peri-op nurses feel more confident in handling disruptive behavior
Friday, May 04, 2012

CMS Policy Helping Hospitals to Prevent Targeted Infections
Despite positive impact, less time spent on nontargeted infections, especially in large hospitals
Friday, May 04, 2012

Perioperative Interruptions Lead to Miscommunication
Miscommunications during surgery also increase when teams haven't worked together long
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Odor Receptor Genotype May Be Cause of Meat Aversion
Having two copies of functional odor gene variant ups sensitivity to androstenone-containing meat
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
Trials registered with ClinicalTrials.gov from 2007 to 2010 mainly small, single-center
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Index Identifies Clot Risk in Outpatient Surgery Patients
High-risk outpatient surgery patients have blood clot rates of 1.18 percent
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

CDC: HPV-Associated Cancers Strike More Than 30,000 Yearly
Surveillance and methodology needed to assess impact of vaccines
Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Treatment Offers Benefit for Hypoxic Laryngeal Tumors
Accelerated radiotherapy plus carbogen and nicotinamide improves regional, not local, control
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Basal Cell Carcinoma on Ear Significantly More Aggressive
BCC on ear primarily occurs in men, but aggressive phenotype seen in both men and women
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

IL-32 Expression Upregulated in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Increased expression of IL-32 in sinonasal tissues suggests a potential role in pathogenesis
Monday, April 16, 2012

Frequent, Older Dental X-Rays Linked to Brain Cancer
Increased risk seen with frequent bitewings in old machines and panorex films in young children
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Report Highlights Child Deaths From Post-Surgery Codeine Use
Genetic variants produce ultra-rapid metabolizer phenotypes tied to respiratory arrest
Monday, April 09, 2012

Wire Grill Brush Bristles Pose Unexpected Danger
Should be considered for patients presenting with odynophagia or abdominal pain after grilled food
Friday, April 06, 2012

Medical Malpractice Claims Incur Substantial Defense Costs
Costs higher for claims resulting in indemnity payments; significant variation by specialty
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Sleep Apnea, Snorting Linked to Probable Major Depression
Apnea, related symptoms of snorting/stopping breathing tied to depression in men, women
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

More Complications After Thyroid Surgery in Elderly
Elderly thyroid patients have higher rates of cardiac, pulmonary, and infectious complications
Monday, April 02, 2012

Majority of Children Affected by Allergy-Related Diseases
Eczema, asthma, and rhinitis occur in 58 percent of children; 7.5 percent have comorbidities
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Guidelines Issued for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis
Includes evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management in adults and children
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Alternative Medicine Alleviates Symptoms of Rhinosinusitis
Integrative East-West medicine adjuvant approach improves sinonasal symptoms and quality of life
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Health Care Team Members Key for Antimicrobial Stewardship
Epidemiologists, preventionists help stop infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Communication Can Ease Mental Health Burden of Deaf
Use of medically skilled interpreters, health care providers who can sign, improves care
Friday, March 16, 2012

Poorer Health Literacy Linked to Increased Mortality
About one-third of older adults in England have medium or low functional health literacy
Friday, March 16, 2012

Fast-Updosed Subcutaneous Immunotherapy Effective
Immunologically-enhanced immunotherapy effective when injected every three to four days
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Analgesic Use After Surgery Linked to Long-Term Use
Prescription of opioids, NSAIDs within seven days of low-risk surgery increases risk of long-term use
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Higher Spending by Hospitals Improves Outcomes
Lower mortality, readmission for acute patients admitted to hospital in highest tercile of spending
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

U.S. Mortality Rates Dropped 60 Percent From 1935 to 2010
For every year, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are among the five leading causes of death
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flu Vaccine Up Among Medical Staff When They Believe It Works
Hospital health care workers more likely to get vaccinated when committed to preventing flu
Friday, March 09, 2012

Surrogates Tend to Misinterpret Poor Prognosis Information
Statements about low risk of death interpreted accurately; poor prognosis viewed optimistically
Friday, March 09, 2012

Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy Not Recommended
Abstinence-based therapy recommended instead for opioid-addicted health care professionals
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Double Gloving Prevents Exposure to Pathogens in OR
Double gloving can reduce needle-stick injuries and infection risks for surgeons and patients
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Financial Burden of Medical Care Affects One in Three
More than one in five poor or near-poor adults younger than 65 have bills they are unable to pay
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Electronic Test Result Access Does Not Reduce Test Ordering
Office-based physician access to computerized images may up image ordering by 40 to 70 percent
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Gastroesophageal Reflux Linked to Tooth Surface Loss
Patients with GERD have significantly higher volume loss per tooth than controls
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Children's Snoring May Predict Behavioral Problems
Early snoring tied to increased risk of hyperactivity, peer difficulties, and conduct issues
Monday, March 05, 2012

Ototoxicity Rates in Children Receiving Carboplatin Studied
Younger patients receiving the drug for retinoblastoma have higher rates of ototoxicity
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hearing Loss Linked to Falls in Those Under Age 70
Each 10 decibels of hearing loss increases risk of falling by 1.4-fold
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rapid Flu Tests Effective for Ruling In (But Not Out) Diagnosis
Second study shows oral oseltamivir and inhaled zanamivir may be beneficial flu treatments
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alcohol Dependence Significant Problem for U.S. Surgeons
Surgeons who report major medical error more likely to exhibit alcohol abuse, dependence
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

MRSA Screening Protocol Aids in Peds Open Airway Surgery
Postoperative infection rate similar for protocol-treated MRSA-colonized and noncolonized patients
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Study Finds Antibiotic for Acute Rhinosinusitis Is Not Helpful
After three days, no significant symptom difference between treatment with amoxicillin and placebo
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Prenatal Vitamin D Deficit Linked to Language Impairment
No association between vitamin D deficit and childhood behavioral or emotional problems
Monday, February 13, 2012

Antiretroviral Medications Linked to Cleft Deformities
Drugs to keep HIV-infected women from transmitting virus to fetus may trigger cleft defects
Monday, January 30, 2012

Females With Diabetes Have Decreased Pure Tone Average
Significant decreases for women aged <60 years, 60 to 75, with well- or poorly-controlled diabetes
Monday, January 30, 2012

Anaphylactic Shock After Immunizations Is Rare
In cases of anaphylaxis in children following vaccines, symptoms may be delayed
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oral HPV Infection Prevalence in U.S. Close to 7 Percent
Prevalence higher in men than women; bimodal peaks at age 30 to 34 and 60 to 64 years
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sex Differences Exist in Disease-Linked Pain Intensity
Women report higher pain intensity in musculoskeletal and other disorders
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Overuse of Health Care Services Understudied
Research limited primarily to unnecessary antibiotic use and a few cardiovascular procedures
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unemployed Have Poorer Mental and Physical Health
And are less likely to receive needed medical care and prescriptions
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lansoprazole Does Not Improve Asthma Control in Children
Treatment with lansoprazole associated with increased number of respiratory infections
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Matted Lymph Nodes ID Poor Oropharyngeal SCC Prognosis
Patients with matted nodes have worse survival, independent of other known prognostic factors
Friday, January 20, 2012

U.S. Health Care Expenditure Still Unevenly Distributed
In 2008 and 2009, 1 percent of population account for ~20 percent of spending
Friday, January 13, 2012

CDC: 2010 Saw Decrease in Age-Adjusted Death Rates
Homicide no longer in top 15 causes of death; replaced by pneumonitis due to solids and liquids
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In-Hospital, 30-Day Standardized Mortality Measures Differ
In-hospital risk-standardized mortality rates vary between hospitals; linked with length of stay
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Cancer-Related Mortality Continues to Decrease
From 1999 to 2008, overall annual decrease of 1.6 percent in men, 1.8 percent in women
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Montelukast Doesn't Cut Upper Respiratory Infection Incidence
For preschool children, 12-week prophylactic treatment doesn't reduce incidence of URI
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Standardized Count Practices Reduce Retained Surgical Items
Count discrepancies and incorrect counts reduced by 50 percent; estimated $12,500 saved
Monday, January 02, 2012

Rhinoviruses Frequently Cause ARIs in VLBW Premature Infants
55 percent of VLBW infants with acute respiratory illness have human rhinovirus infections
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Perceptions of Inappropriate Care Prevalent Among ICU Staff
For ICU staff in Europe, Israel, perceptions independently linked to higher intent to leave job
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Medical Team Training Program Cuts Surgical Morbidity Rate
Significantly steeper decline in the annual surgical morbidity rate for facilities in MTT program
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Little Risk to Offspring From Maternal Inhaled Steroids
But may be associated with increased risk of endocrine/metabolic disorders
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Low Device Failure, Reimplant for Pediatric Cochlear Implants
Children with meningitis before implantation have increased risk of cochlear implant device failure
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary
And, 79 percent of patients are interested in sharing their personal health record information
Monday, December 19, 2011

Quitting Smoking Improves Happiness, Quality of Life
Findings could be used to motivate individuals attempting to quit
Friday, December 16, 2011

Patient Isolation During Hospitalization Tied to Delirium
But no increased risk for patients who start their hospital stay under contact precautions
Friday, December 16, 2011

Adjuvant Bevacizumab Feasible for Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Adjuvant treatment is not associated with grade 3 to 4 hemorrhages or grade 5 adverse events
Friday, December 16, 2011

Infection Prevention Up in VA, Non-Federal Hospitals
But catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention practices remain low
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
Friday, December 09, 2011

Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications
Preclinical phase medical students lack knowledge about hand disinfection indications
Monday, December 05, 2011

Cold Sore Susceptibility Linked to SNPs on C21orf91
Association seen in linkage analysis, parental transmission disequilibrium testing
Friday, December 02, 2011

Time of Operation Not Linked to Postoperative Mortality
Time of day, day of week, month of surgery, moon phase do not affect 30-day post-op mortality
Friday, December 02, 2011

Risk Factors ID'd for Pressure Ulcers in Prolonged Surgery
Use of foam pads in surgery, having a lower day-one Braden score predictive of pressure ulcers
Thursday, December 01, 2011

Hypoglossal Stimulation Boosts Airflow in Sleep Apnea
Increases in airflow adequate to eliminate inhibitory airflow limitation in most patients
Thursday, December 01, 2011

U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
Patient satisfaction scores tied to waiting time, time spent with provider, and age category
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NSAID, Statin Use Cuts Cancer Risk in Barrett's Esophagus
NSAIDs, statins each reduce neoplastic progression risk; additive benefit with combined use
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
High performers learn from successes, failures; low performers have asymmetric learning rates
Monday, November 28, 2011

Pathologist Case Volume Affects Thyroid FNA Reading
But clinicians' case volume does not influence thyroid fine needle aspiration's diagnostic yield
Monday, November 28, 2011

Substance Abuse Health Programs Benefit Surgeons
Recovery, completion, and extension of monitoring period similar for surgeons, non-surgeons
Friday, November 25, 2011

Stem-Cell-Seeded Bioartificial Tracheal Transplant Feasible
First-in-man bioengineered artificial tracheobronchial airway transplantation successful
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Long-Term Survival Factors ID'd for Head, Neck Cancer
Older age, advanced stage, pain, poor quality of life, smoking up mortality in two-year survivors
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Recent Drop Seen in Oral, Pharyngeal Cancer Mortality
Largest decrease seen in black men and women with 12 years of education
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BMI Predicts 30-Day Post-Surgery Mortality Risk
BMI of less than 23.1 tied to the highest 30-day mortality risk, irrespective of surgery type
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Adverse Effects of Pediatric Acupuncture Usually Mild
Mild adverse effects include pain, bruising, bleeding, and worsening of symptoms
Monday, November 21, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
Monday, November 21, 2011

Patients Without Insurance Have Shorter Hospital Stays
Uninsured have shorter stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, or non-ACSCs
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Estimated Flu Incidence of 90 Million for 2008 in Under-5s
Nearly all flu-associated acute lower respiratory infection deaths occur in developing countries
Friday, November 11, 2011

Half of U.S. Adult Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year
Cessation services, however, tend to be under-utilized
Thursday, November 10, 2011

FDA: Manufacturer Recalls Operating Room Tables
Recall based on reports of patient injury
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Indoor Air Laws Up Adoption of Smokefree-Home Policy
But, only half of U.S. households with children and smokers have complete home smoking bans
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
Age dynamics tied to proportion of theoretical work, age of attainment of foundation knowledge
Monday, November 07, 2011

Causal Link Suggested Between Acetaminophen Use, Asthma
Children at risk or with asthma should avoid acetaminophen until safety is documented
Monday, November 07, 2011

Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
Clinicians often unaware of input of receptionists and administrative staff in repeat prescribing
Friday, November 04, 2011

Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
Supply carts, floors, infusion pumps, ventilator touch pads are most commonly contaminated
Friday, November 04, 2011

No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
Modest improvement in quality of care, but no reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
Host, pathogen factors differentially affect this health care-associated infection, colonization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

CDC: Opioid Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions
Overdose death rates, sales, OPR-related treatment admissions increased between 1999 and 2008
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Transvestibular Approach to Middle Cranial Base Feasible
Allows safe exposure, exploration, resection of infratemporal fossa, parapharyngeal space lesions
Monday, October 31, 2011

APHA: Rates of Personal Belief Vaccination Exemptions Are Up
Ten percent of kindergarteners in California attend school with rates of PBE exceeding 5 percent
Monday, October 31, 2011

GERD Symptoms, Site-Specific Dental Erosions Unrelated
Location-specific dental erosions also unrelated to salivary flow or bacterial load
Monday, October 31, 2011

Switching From IV to Oral Meds Cuts Health Care Costs
In patients eligible for oral intake, switch from IV to oral equivalents cuts hospital costs
Monday, October 31, 2011

ATA: Thyroidectomy Improves Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Significant decrease in snoring frequency; lower scores in question of snoring bothering others
Friday, October 28, 2011

Cartilage Reshaping With Laser Safe for Protruding Ears
Technique offers reasonable patient satisfaction; all patients would undergo procedure again
Friday, October 28, 2011

ACS: Drug-Resistant Infections Rise but Mortality Declines
Surgical ICU drug-resistant infections rise between 2000 and 2010, but mortality drops by 4 percent
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Evidence Suggests Variable Effectiveness for Flu Vaccine
Randomized controlled trials indicate vaccine efficacy varies between seasons, age groups
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vandetanib Ups Survival in Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma
Improved progression-free survival, disease control rate, objective and biochemical response
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oropharyngeal Exam Confirms Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Friedman tongue position score associated with obstructive sleep apnea severity
Thursday, October 20, 2011

H. pylori Not Detected in Hyperplastic Adenoids
H. pylori, other Helicobacteraceae family members not major cause of enlarged adenoids in children
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Readmission Risk Models Display Poor Predictive Ability
Current hospital readmission risk models for comparative or clinical purposes perform poorly
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pediatric Asthma Drug Prescriptions on the Upswing
Costs associated with medications significantly up since late 1990s
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rare Disorders ID'd by NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Integrated high-density SNP arrays, whole exome or genome analyses used to aid diagnosis
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent, Under-Reported
Conflicts of interest prevalent; under-reported by members, chairs of panels developing guidelines
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Septicemia Most Costly Reason for Hospitalization in 2009
Almost one in 23 patients had septicemia; average of 4,600 new patients treated each day
Monday, October 10, 2011

Electronic Records Enhance Care Transitions for Elderly
Complete and accurate transfer of information necessary to maximize patient care
Monday, October 10, 2011

More Minority Patients in Low-Quality, High-Cost Hospitals
More elderly black, Hispanic, Medicaid patients consult worst rather than best hospitals
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Pre-Op Anemia Ups Mortality After Non-Cardiac Surgery
Even mild preoperative anemia independently associated with 30-day mortality, morbidity risk
Thursday, October 06, 2011

HPV 16 Diagnostic Tests Vary in Accuracy, Prognostic Value
p16 IHC/DNA qPCR proves to be best predictor of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma outcome
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Recent Rise in Oropharyngeal Cancer Incidence Due to HPV
HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers increase by 225 percent from 1988 to 2004 in U.S.
Monday, October 03, 2011

Doctors, Patients Identify Tacit Clues in Their Interactions
Non-verbal tacit clues most common, but interpretation differs for doctors and patients
Friday, September 30, 2011

Illness Associated With HEV68 Seen in Clusters Globally
Acute respiratory infections range from mild to fatal
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Child Face Mask Approved to Help Prevent Spread of Germs
In hospitals and other health care settings
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mortality Up in Hospitals With More Minority Trauma Patients
Trauma patients' odds of mortality linked to the proportion of minority patients in the hospital
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

No Benefit of Long-Term Azithromycin for Rhinosinusitis
Low weekly dose of 500 mg for 11 weeks provides no benefit over placebo in chronic rhinosinusitis
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Many Mistakenly Believe FDA OKs Only Safe, Effective Drugs
Consumer explanations about safety, efficacy of drugs help public make better decisions
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Trends in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Seasonality Reported
Information could help guide clinical decision-making
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Comparative Efficacy Proposed for European Drug Approval
Superiority, equivalence, inferiority of new drugs should be compared with existing therapies
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Many Hospital Staff Uniforms Contaminated With Bacteria
More than 60 percent of uniforms are contaminated, with similar rates between nurses, physicians
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

No Reduction in Infections With Immediate Adenoidectomy
Similar number of respiratory infections in children who have immediate surgery, watchful waiting
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Researchers Ponder 9/11 Health Impact a Decade Later
The disaster may have had lasting, multiple effects on those exposed
Friday, September 02, 2011

Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.
Majority report delay in getting needed healthcare and financial difficulties paying medical bills
Monday, August 29, 2011

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
Only 18.1 percent of advertisements fully adhere to FDA guidelines, over half do not quantify serious risks
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sleep Apnea Recurs Within Days of CPAP Withdrawal
Obstructive sleep apnea returns within a few days of continuous positive airway pressure withdrawal
Monday, August 15, 2011

Sleep-Disordered Breathing Tied to Dementia in Older Women
Risk of cognitive impairment affected by hypoxia, sleep apnea, but not sleep fragmentation, duration
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

AHRQ: CPAP Highly Effective in Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Mandibular advancement devices also found to be very effective in AHRQ report
Monday, August 08, 2011

Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
U.S. physicians and nursing staff spend more time and money interacting with health plans
Friday, August 05, 2011

High Doses of Zinc Found to Reduce Common Cold Duration
Daily use of lozenges with more than 75 mg zinc acetate reduces cold duration by 42 percent
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

CDC: Severe Hearing Loss in Military Veterans Studied
Data reveal prevalence of severe hearing loss higher among veterans than nonveterans
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Hearing Loss in Adolescents
Nearly 82 percent of adolescents with sensorineural hearing loss unaware of hearing loss
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Long-Term Pollutant Exposure Tied to Uncontrolled Asthma
Exposure to PM10 and O3 affects three main domains of asthma control
Friday, June 24, 2011

Nasal Spray May Reduce IL-6 in Pediatric Sleep Apnea
Reduction of IL-6 in cells from children treated with fluticasone furoate nasal spray
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vessel Sealing System May Be Superior Tonsillectomy Method
Significantly shorter operative time, less bleeding and pain with vessel sealing system
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Unequal Care Access for Children With Public Insurance
Disparities exist in providers' acceptance of public insurance compared to private insurance
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Life Expectancy in U.S. Counties Below Many Nations
Women, and black men and women have lower life expectancy in all U.S. counties
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Youth Bear Large Burden of Global Death, Disease
Higher rates of disability-adjusted life-years in Africa compared to high-income countries
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Appendectomy, Tonsillectomy May Increase AMI Risk
Higher myocardial infarction risk in those who undergo appendectomy, tonsillectomy before age 20
Friday, June 03, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Contact With Drug Industry Linked to Positive Attitudes
Substantial proportion of medical students believe gifts from drug industry affect prescribing
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Common in Asthma
Co-dispensing of antibiotics and asthma drugs among children found to be very common
Monday, May 23, 2011

FDA: SimplyThick Should Not Be Used in Premature Infants
Product possibly linked to necrotizing enterocolitis in some infants
Monday, May 23, 2011

Propranolol Effectively Treats Infantile Hemangiomas
Also effective in treating recurrences of head and neck hemangiomas
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Triamcinolone Ineffective in Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
Intranasal triamcinolone acetonide and placebo show comparable effect on tympanometric symptoms
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ATS: Many Parents of Children With Asthma Avoid Flu Vaccine
Parents reluctant to vaccinate kids due to safety concerns and not seeing flu as asthma trigger
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

AUA: Surgery for Apnea May Help Resolve Enuresis
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy may resolve enuresis in children with sleep apnea
Monday, May 16, 2011

Childhood Eczema, Rhinitis Predict Adult Asthma
The conditions predict atopic asthma but are not associated with nonatopic asthma
Friday, May 13, 2011

Medical Education Participants Recognize Funding Bias
Yet most are unwilling to pay more for continuing medical education registration to overcome bias
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Adding Omalizumab May Improve Uncontrolled Asthma
Omalizumab provides added clinical benefits in patients on standard treatment
Friday, May 06, 2011

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Better After Adenotonsillectomy
Heart rate variability decreased after adenotonsillectomy in children
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Leukotriene-Receptor Antagonist Effective in Asthma
May be equivalent to inhaled glucocorticoid, long-acting beta2-agonist
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

CDC: Asthma Prevalence on the Rise in United States
Prevalence of the disease increased by 12.3 percent between 2001 and 2009
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Increasing Cancer Burden Projected for Ethnic Minorities
Need for improved understanding of risk factors, progression, and outcomes in U.S. subpopulations
Thursday, April 28, 2011

People With Anosmia Attach Less Importance to Olfaction
Those with olfactory disorders consider smell less important than those with normal sense of smell
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Airway Exam Rare in Infants With Life-Threatening Events
Need for otolaryngologic surgical intervention also quite uncommon
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nocturia May Indicate Sleep Apnea in Patients With BPH
Patients with benign prostate enlargement and nocturia may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea
Friday, April 15, 2011

Hookah Use Widespread Among College Students
Hookah users believe waterpipe tobacco less harmful than cigarettes
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Anesthesia Complications Twice As Likely in Obese
Airway management events more likely to occur in the intensive care unit, emergency department
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Antenatal Paracetamol Use May Be Tied to Childhood Wheeze
More research needed to determine impact of prenatal paracetamol use on risk of asthma
Monday, April 11, 2011

'Global Trigger Tool' Identifies 10 Times More Errors
New tool identifies many more adverse events in hospital admissions compared to other methods
Thursday, April 07, 2011

College Students Wrongly Think Their Hearing Is Normal
Twelve percent of ears have hearing loss at thresholds of 20 dB hearing level or more
Friday, April 01, 2011

Cancer Rates, Cancer Mortality Rates Falling in U.S.
Lung cancer mortality falls in women after decades of rising
Friday, April 01, 2011

Autoimmune Diseases Number Two Cause of Chronic Illness
Major burden on all U.S. health care costs, patient expenses, and loss of earnings
Friday, April 01, 2011

Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
Low-income patients, blacks, and Hispanics less likely to use Internet personal health record
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maternal Anemia Associated With Childhood Wheezing
With or without maternal asthma, anemia ups childhood asthma risk
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reduced Hours for Trainees Has Had Little Effect in U.S.
Shorter work week for doctors in training has had little impact, positive or negative, on patient safety
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chronic Otitis Media Associated With Changes in Taste
Higher taste threshold in children with chronic otitis media with effusion may be tied to BMI
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

AAAAI: One-Third of Infants Outgrow Milk Allergy
Children with more severe atopic dermatitis less likely to outgrow egg or milk allergy
Monday, March 21, 2011

AAAAI: Birth Order Impacts Specific Allergy Risk
Prevalence of rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and food allergy decrease with increasing birth order
Monday, March 21, 2011

Majority of Parents Approve of Smoke Exposure Testing
Both smoking and nonsmoking parents want their children tested during pediatric visits
Monday, March 21, 2011

Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
Nearly one-third of doctors fail to report inadequate colleague, often for fear of retribution
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Short Nurse Staffing Linked to Higher Patient Mortality
More deaths seen when shifts fall eight or more hours below target
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Adding Omalizumab Improves Asthma Control in Youth
When drug added to guidelines-based therapy, reduces need for other medications
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fever Not Tied to Influenza Virus Shedding Duration
Despite CDC recommendations, influenza virus is still shed 24 hours after the fever subsides
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

U.S. Death Rate Reaches All-Time Low
In 2009, death rate hits 741 per 100,000 population, a 2.3 percent decline
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Heavy Smoking Prevalence Decline Greatest in California
Decrease in heavy smoking prevalence also seen in remaining states between 1965 and 2007
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U.S. Has Higher Rates of Chronic Disease Than England
Americans experience higher chronic disease rates than their English counterparts at all ages
Monday, March 14, 2011

Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
Gap exists in academic performance of white versus nonwhite medical students and doctors
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pharmacological Meta-Analyses Rarely Report Disclosures
Meta-analyses of pharmacological interventions rarely disclose funding or conflicts of interest
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Inhaled Epinephrine Gives Temporary Relief From Croup
Children's croup symptoms improve for up to two hours after treatment with epinephrine
Monday, March 07, 2011

FDA: Topiramate (Topamax) Tied to Risk of Oral Clefts
Higher risk of cleft lip and cleft palate in infants exposed to topiramate during first trimester
Friday, March 04, 2011

FDA Cracking Down on Unapproved Prescription Drugs
Agency to remove unapproved cough, cold, and allergy medications from U.S. market
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Cardiovascular Risk Factors Linked to Hearing Impairment
Cardiovascular antecedents of hearing impairment can be detected in middle age
Friday, February 25, 2011

Family Mealtime Interaction Affects Children's Health
Positive communication at mealtime predicts improved quality of life for children with asthma
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Beneficial for Children
BAHA more beneficial in children with bilateral hearing loss with normal cognition
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New U.S. Report on the Nation's Health 2010 Released
The 34th annual CDC report includes a special feature on death and dying
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Zinc May Reduce Duration and Severity of Common Cold
Prophylactic treatment reduces cold incidence, school absence, and antibiotic prescriptions
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dementia Risk Increases With Severity of Hearing Loss
The risk of incident Alzheimer's disease also increases with severity of baseline hearing loss
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Most Recalled Medical Devices Given Lenient Approval
Over 70 percent of the medical devices recalled were considered low or moderate risk
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Researchers Explore Nature of Difficult Clinical Encounters
Patients, physicians both contribute characteristics; difficult patients have worse outcomes
Monday, February 14, 2011

Public Sector Plays Big Role in Drug Research
Role of public-sector research institutions larger than previously thought
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy Tied to Weight Gain
Normal and overweight children gain greater amount of weight than expected post-operation
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Diet May Be to Blame for Rise in Asthma Prevalence
Some association seen, but more research needed; salty snacks tied to asthma in children
Friday, January 28, 2011

Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality
Use with clinical decision support not tied to better quality of care
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Practice Guidelines for Pediatric Tonsillectomy Patients
New guidelines provide clinicians evidence-based guidance for improved care of tonsillectomy patient
Monday, January 17, 2011

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Antibiotics Benefit Acute Ear Infections in Young Children
Otitis media symptoms are reduced more quickly with amoxicillin-clavulanate compared with placebo
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

CPAP Reduces Fatigue in Sleep Apnea Patients
Continuous positive airway pressure also increases energy and reduces sleepiness in some
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Pediatric Acute Sinusitis Visit Rates Unchanged
Visits stable after vaccine introduction, but amoxicillin use increased in line with guidelines
Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Recreational Noise Tied to Hearing Loss in Girls
Exposure in females, minimal hearing protection may have raised noise-induced threshold shifts
Monday, December 27, 2010

Benzonatate Tied to Adverse Events in Young Children
FDA warns capsules linked to higher risk of serious adverse events or death in those under 10
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

As Children Age, Smoking by Adults in Home More Likely
Asthma risk increase seen in all age groups, while recurrent ear infection risk higher in teens
Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Sleeping Problems Associated With Metabolic Syndrome
Loud snoring particularly predictive of metabolic syndrome development
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Reallocation of Care Would Increase PCPs' Work Weeks
Study investigates plausibility of reallocating specialty care follow-up to primary care physicians
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Adverse Events Down in Infants Following OTC Med Withdrawal
ER visits for adverse events linked to infant cough and cold medications drop by more than half
Monday, November 22, 2010

Secondhand Smoke Tied to Hearing Loss Risk
Mid-/low-frequencies affected; former smokers also at risk of high-frequency loss
Friday, November 19, 2010

U.S. Health Insurance Compared to 10 Other Nations
U.S. adults spend more time, money on insurance; have more coverage denials
Friday, November 19, 2010

Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
Characteristics of articles retracted for fraud versus error suggest deliberate effort
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review Notes Shift in Otitis Media Microbiology After PCV7
Antibiotic treatment only modestly more effective than no treatment for acute otitis media
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ACAAI: Drug Combo Tied to Higher Costs in Mild Asthma
But inhaled corticosteroid plus long-acting beta agonist not linked to clinical benefit
Monday, November 15, 2010

Physician-Industry Financial Ties Decreased Since 2004
But 83.8 percent of physicians still have some type of industry financial relationship
Friday, November 12, 2010

Exercise Tied to Reduced Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Near-daily aerobic exercisers have 43 percent fewer URTI days than sedentary people
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages
In other study, physicians point to Medicare reimbursement problems, differ on reforms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Post-Surgery Complications
'STOP-BANG' pre-op sleep apnea questionnaire IDs patients at risk for sleep apnea
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sex Practices Driving Surge in HPV-Linked Oral Cancer
In Stockholm, 93 percent of tonsillar cancers were HPV-positive in 2006-2007
Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Insurance Criteria May Adversely Affect Apnea Patients
Many obstructive sleep apnea patients do not meet criteria for continued CPAP reimbursement
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Botulism Toxin Benefit Seen for Drooling in Children
Nearly half of patients with nonprogressive neurological disorders have response at two months
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Disc Batteries Can Cause Severe Esophageal Damage
Article reviews cases involving ingested batteries in children, offers protocol for managing cases
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Metabolic Imbalance Linked With Asthma in Children
Regardless of BMI, those with asthma more likely to have imbalanced metabolism
Monday, September 20, 2010

No-Smoking Law Linked to Lower Asthma Rates
Study assesses asthma admissions in children before and after public smoking ban in Scotland
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sacrifice Makes Industry Gifts Seem More Acceptable
Residents reminded of med school sacrifices tend to perceive gifting more favorably
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Re-Consent Important Before Secondary Use of Genetic Data
Research participants want to be asked before their data are added to federal database
Monday, September 13, 2010

Many Pediatric Primary Care Doctors Don't Use Spirometry
In survey of family physicians and pediatricians with young asthma patients, about half used spirometry
Friday, September 10, 2010

Annual Medical Liability Costs Surpass $50 Billion
Account for more than 2 percent of total health care spending in the United States
Thursday, September 09, 2010

Acetaminophen May Increase Pediatric Asthma Risk
Use of drug by children may also raise risk of eczema, rhinoconjunctivitis
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Steroid Doses in Tonsillectomy Compared for Bleeding Risk
Dexamethasone not linked to dose-dependent hemorrhage risk in pediatric patients
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Prevalence of Hearing Loss Up in U.S. Adolescents
Has increased since 1988 to 1994; those below poverty line at higher risk of hearing loss
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Strep Accounts for 37 Percent of Pharyngitis in Children
Clinical scoring system guides appropriate antibiotic use in low-resource settings
Monday, August 09, 2010

Prayer Approach Positively Affects Hearing, Vision Impaired
Study in Mozambican subjects links proximal intercessory prayer to significant improvements
Friday, August 06, 2010

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Yield More Positive Outcomes
Also less likely than government-, nonprofit-funded trials to be published within two years
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Cochlear Implantation Odds Not Lower With Medicaid
But odds of bilateral sequential implants lower, complications higher for children on Medicaid
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Long-Term Mobile Phone Use May Raise Tinnitus Risk
Risk appears elevated in those who have used mobile phone for four or more years
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Zinc Nasal Gel May Lead to Loss of Sense of Smell
Researchers find evidence of link between zinc gluconate and anosmia
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Doctors Agree Malpractice Fears Drive Overuse of Tests
Almost all surveyed physicians say more tests and procedures are ordered than needed
Monday, June 28, 2010

Moldy Homes Linked to Higher Risk of Severe Asthma Attacks
Children with CHIT1 variants, high mold exposure at increased risk of exacerbations
Friday, June 25, 2010

Findings Suggest Harmful Effects From MP3 Players
After hour-long listening sessions, young adults have temporary threshold, emission shifts
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Interest by Physicians Can Play Role in Medication Adherence
Patients more likely to properly use asthma meds when doctors opt to view detailed adherence info
Friday, June 18, 2010

New Method Gives Better Local Start Date for RSV Prophylaxis
Using five years of data on RSV outbreaks can improve coverage at outbreak onset
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fatal Medication Errors Rise in July at Teaching Hospitals
Researchers say arrival of new medical residents at least partly explains the increase
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Racial Differences Exist in Asthma Prevalence and Care
Black, Hispanic children more likely to have asthma diagnosis, less likely to see specialist
Monday, June 07, 2010

Mediterranean Diet May Lower Childhood Asthma Risk
International study also finds increased asthma risk with high consumption of hamburgers
Friday, June 04, 2010

New FDA Program Targets Misleading Drug Advertising
Aims to teach health care providers their role in recognizing, reporting untruthful ads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ASPO: Pediatric Caustic Injury Less Prevalent Than Thought
Researchers estimate 973 children in the United States had caustic ingestion injuries in 2006
Monday, May 03, 2010

ASPO: Nasal Irrigation May Prevent Recurrent Otitis Media
Pilot study finds fewer acute otitis media episodes in children who receive regular saline irrigations
Monday, May 03, 2010

Risk Factors for Physician Misconduct Identified
Male sex, lower socioeconomic status, and difficulty in medical school increase misconduct risk
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ALA Report Finds Good, Bad News on Air Pollution
Lung association says particle and ozone pollution down in many cities, but threats remain
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Tracheostomy Tubes Made by Covidien Recalled
Devices from certain lots fail to generate positive airway pressure
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interruptions Increase Medication Errors by Nurses
The higher the frequency of interruptions, the greater the error severity
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Financial Ties Negatively Affect Perceptions of Research Quality
Patients believe their physicians' ties also influence clinical care
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Most Doctors Not Knowledgeable About Herbals
Survey also finds health care providers think the public has 'misplaced faith' in herbal medicines
Monday, April 26, 2010

Acupuncture Shows Benefit After Cancer Neck Dissection
Treatment linked to reduced pain, dysfunction, xerostomia in patients compared to usual care
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cochlear Implants Help Young Children More Than Expected
Kids under 5 have greater spoken language gains than predicted; younger age tied to steeper gains
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review Finds Surprisingly High Death Rate for Kids' Choking
Airway obstruction is infrequent, but 2003 data show 3.4 percent in-hospital mortality rate
Monday, April 19, 2010

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Study suggests eliminating secondhand smoke exposure could cut 40 percent of cases
Monday, April 19, 2010

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Exacts Global Toll in Children
RSV-associated acute lower-respiratory infections may kill nearly 200,000 children under 5 yearly
Friday, April 16, 2010

Mouth Breathing May Lead to Medical, Other Problems
Article encourages awareness among health care professionals for early diagnosis, action
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Seven Metered-Dose Inhalers to Be Phased Out
FDA releases timetable for withdrawal of asthma and COPD inhalers from U.S. marketplace
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Even Mild Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Stroke in Men
Study links stroke with even mild OSA in men; link only seen with more severe OSA in women
Friday, April 09, 2010

U.S. Oftalmi Recalls Camolyn Eye Drops, Fisiolin Nasal Drops
Because of conditions at manufacturing facility, the products have potential to be non-sterile
Thursday, April 08, 2010

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Remains Inadequate
Improvement for future seasons needed for health care workers and general population
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Perforated Polydioxanone Foil Useful in Nasal Septum Surgery
But unperforated foil may raise the risk for saddling of the dorsum after the reconstruction procedure
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Triple Regimen Plus Radiation Effective for Esophageal Cancer
Preoperative oxaliplatin, docetaxel and capecitabine plus radiation found effective, relatively safe
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Carcinoma on the Rise
Emergent disease may have implications for public health and clinical practice
Friday, March 26, 2010

Stress in Pregnancy May Hike Baby's Asthma Risk
Study of stressed women and their infants finds biomarkers of heightened immune response
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Complications Relatively Common With Neonatal CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure for babies requires close monitoring, researchers conclude
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Article Outlines Use of PCV13 Vaccine in Young Children
Other report says vaccine should greatly reduce rate of pneumococcal disease in children under 5
Friday, March 12, 2010

Regular Analgesic Use Linked to Hearing Loss in Men
Risk of hearing loss from aspirin, acetaminophen and NSAIDs higher among younger men
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

C-Reactive Protein Test May Help Guide Infection Treatment
CRP testing in patients with respiratory infections leads to similar outcomes with reduced antibiotic use
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Infant Hearing-Loss Screenings Have Increased
Available data suggests that 97 percent were screened in 2007 versus 46.5 percent in 1999
Monday, March 08, 2010

Hearing Checks Recommended for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Report spells out ototoxic risks of platinum-based chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Monday, March 08, 2010

Medical Checklists Needed to Improve Care and Outcomes
Johns Hopkins authors advocate medical checklist use and propose a process to develop them
Monday, February 22, 2010

Effect of Cigar, Pipe Smoke on Lung Function Assessed
Pipe, cigar smoking linked to increased urine cotinine levels, decreased lung function
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Metastatic Prostate Cancer Mechanism Identified
Studies suggest that inhibition of the EZH2 enzyme may prevent suppression of oncogene
Monday, February 15, 2010

Severe Sleep Apnea Linked to Fewer Nightmares
However, study also finds sleep apnea severity not associated with dream recall
Monday, February 15, 2010

Rapid H1N1 Flu Test Found to Be of Limited Value in Children
Poor sensitivity suggests pediatricians should not solely rely on test to make treatment decisions
Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 H1N1-Related Deaths and Hospitalizations Examined
CDC finds cases, related hospitalizations and deaths highest among 18 to 64 year olds
Monday, February 15, 2010

AHRQ: U.S. Adults Seeing Big Barriers to Specialty Care
About one in 13 who need specialty care report 'big problem' in gaining access to specialists
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FDA Initiative Aims to Cut Medical Radiation Exposure
Focus of efforts include computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

H1N1 Vaccination Still Highly Recommended
H1N1 activity leveling off, but CDC still recommends vaccination
Monday, February 08, 2010

Many American Adults Do Not Get Recommended Vaccines
40,000 to 50,000 die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, per report
Monday, February 08, 2010

Coalition Launches Campaign to Limit Residents' Hours
Advocates say 30-hour workdays cause fatigue and medical errors that impact patient safety
Friday, February 05, 2010

Health Care Spending Makes Record Leap in GDP Share
GDP health share now estimated at 17.3 percent; health spending in 2019 projected at $4.5 trillion
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Diversity Growth Incremental in the Medical Professions
A century after the Flexner Report, minorities still woefully underrepresented and obstacles remain
Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Lancet Retracts Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism
Medical panel finds several elements of the controversial study to be incorrect
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Antibiotic Use for Acute Otitis Media Assessed
Guideline in 2004 not associated with more management of condition without antibiotics
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tylenol Recall in Effect Includes Several Other Drugs
Motrin, Benadryl and Rolaids are also part of recall by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Number of People Infected by H1N1 Reaches 55 Million
About 20 percent of people have been vaccinated; health officials urge others to do so
Monday, January 18, 2010

Biomedical Research Funding Shows Decline in 2008
The decline followed 7.8 percent annual increases in 1994 to 2003, 3.4 percent in 2003 to 2007
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Skin Preparations Decrease Risk of Surgical-Site Infections
Reduced risk seen with mupirocin nasal ointment and chlorhexidine soap, chlorhexidine-alcohol
Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Precautions and Training Can Reduce Scalpel Injuries
Study suggests technological innovations reduce the need for traditional blades
Thursday, December 31, 2009

H1N1 Flu Waning, but Many Vaccine Doses Unused
CDC says 60 million people have been vaccinated, but 111 million doses have been distributed
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CDC: 15 Percent of Americans Have Had H1N1 Flu
Report says most of the deaths have been in children and young adults
Friday, December 11, 2009

Patients Often Lack Knowledge of Their Own Medications
Study suggests incorporating them into medication management would improve safety
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Most Early Cases of H1N1 Across China Were Mild
Research into May and June cases highlights rapid improvements in surveillance in China
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Weight Loss Can Reduce Apnea Disease Severity
17 percent of subjects on diet were apnea-free at nine weeks, 50 percent had only mild disease
Friday, December 04, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Rates Drop in Many States
Another surge may happen later; enough vaccine available for most people to get vaccinated soon
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Women Researchers Lag Behind Men in Grant Awards
Study finds 36.2 percent of women researchers earn awards versus 45.6 percent of men
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Study Finds Surgeon Burnout Associated With Medical Errors
Depersonalization, emotional exhaustion linked to higher chance of reporting recent errors
Friday, November 27, 2009

CDC: Worrisome Spike Seen in Pneumococcal Disease
CDC also relays that H1N1 vaccine supply continues to increase
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Most Medical Journals Have Conflict of Interest Policies
Still, study suggests definition of conflict and disclosure requirements of authors vary greatly
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pandemic Influenza May Hurt Economy in United Kingdom
Modest impact on gross domestic product may be compounded by school and work absenteeism
Friday, November 20, 2009

Salmeterol Found Similarly Effective in Asthma Genotypes
Treatment with salmeterol and inhaled corticosteroid should continue despite genotype
Friday, November 20, 2009

Sleep Apnea in Kidney Transplant Patients Assessed
Prevalence similar in those with or awaiting transplant, but recipients at hypertension risk
Friday, November 20, 2009

Acetaminophen Use Linked to Asthma and Wheezing
Study finds higher risks in both children and adults exposed to acetaminophen
Friday, November 13, 2009

Study Finds Costs of Quality Programs Burden Practices
Another study finds many clinical trials change study design outcomes without explanation
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Medical Errors Disclosure Can Help Physicians and Patients
Second study suggests patients give higher quality ratings when staff report mistakes
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pollutants May Increase Bronchiolitis Risk in Infants
Study finds that some pollutants put infants at modest risk for respiratory health compromise
Monday, November 09, 2009

Stats Helps Paint Picture of H1N1 Hospitalizations
Study reviews cases of flu hospitalizations and deaths in California from April to August
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

IDSA: Attitudes Toward Flu Vaccination Vary at Hospital
Physicians more likely to think they are at higher risk for flu, and immunization is safe and effective
Monday, November 02, 2009

Background Disease Rates Important in H1N1 Pandemic
Awareness is essential to prevent public fears that could hinder mass immunization programs
Monday, November 02, 2009

Pediatric H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach at Least 114
CDC says 90 percent of swine flu deaths are in people younger than 65 years
Monday, November 02, 2009

Swine Flu Radiographic and CT Imaging Patterns Studied
Ground-glass opacities and consolidations in one or both lungs may resemble pneumonia
Friday, October 30, 2009

Medical School Enrollment Continues to Expand
Number of residency slots also needs to increase to meet future demand for physicians
Monday, October 26, 2009

Far Fewer H1N1 Vaccine Doses Than Expected Are Available
And FDA authorizes certain use of investigational antiviral peramivir intravenous
Monday, October 26, 2009

Broad Asthma Screening May Offer Minimal Health Gains
Study finds potential health gains from case detection may be smaller than expected
Friday, October 23, 2009

Risks Associated With Thyroid Surgery in the Elderly Explored
Study finds thyroidectomy may be performed just as safely as in younger patients
Friday, October 23, 2009

Some Hospital Staff Predicted to Be Infection Superspreaders
Hand washing compliance by staff in contact with all patients has biggest impact
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Most H1N1 Hospitalizations Are in Young Patients
According to CDC report, about a quarter of deaths are occurring in those younger than 25
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sources Find Different Numbers of Active Physicians
Study compares projections of future physician work force using U.S. Census, AMA Masterfile
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ASA: IV Dextrose Found to Ease Postoperative Nausea
Patients treated after surgery had lower nausea, vomiting scores, needed less rescue anti-emetics
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CDC Says New Child Deaths Raise H1N1 Beyond Epidemic
Manufacturing problems mean goal of 40 million vaccines by month's end will not be reached
Monday, October 19, 2009

FDA Launches Drug Disposal Advice Web Page
Flushing recommended for some drugs with potentially deadly effects
Friday, October 16, 2009

Excess Weight's Role in Sleep-Disordered Breathing Studied
Body mass index may predict oxygen desaturation severity in apneas and hypopneas
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Study Links Text Messages and E-mails to Smoking Cessation
Findings suggest greater short-term abstinence, but long-term effects need further study
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Study Evaluates Hospital Quality and Mortality Rates
Findings suggest major quality differences between hospitals, but mortality rate improving
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

AACR: Obesity Molecule Likely Linked to Thyroid Cancers
Leptin receptor overexpression associated with poor prognosis and aggressive disease
Friday, October 09, 2009

Health Care Disparities Among States Found to Be Widening
Commonwealth Fund Commission state report card emphasizes need for health care reform
Friday, October 09, 2009

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Protects Somewhat Against A/H1N1
However, Mexican study still recommends specific swine flu vaccination
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Roundtable Discussion Tackles Health Care Reform
Improvements in payment, more data to guide decisions could lead to wiser health spending
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Medical Students Want More Practice of Medicine Training
Report finds time devoted to medical economics does not adversely affect clinical training quality
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Effectiveness and Cost Help to Make Coverage Decisions
Study suggests countries that use these two criteria can also incorporate other factors
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Untreated Sleep Disorder Can Impair Driving Ability
Alcohol, too little sleep may have greater impact on driving in untreated obstructive sleep apnea
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Surgical Masks Found to Be Non-Inferior to Respirators
Masks may be just as effective as respirators in preventing flu in health care workers
Thursday, October 01, 2009

CDC Says States Not Meeting Fruit and Veggie Objectives
State-by-state report finds states deficient in supporting healthy food in stores and schools
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bacterial Infections Are a Factor in Many H1N1 Deaths
Finding underscores importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at high risk for pneumonia
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

H1N1 Virus's Genetic Makeup Appears to Be Staying Stable
CDC suggests forthcoming vaccine likely to be very effective in preventing the disease
Monday, September 28, 2009

Review Advises Hand Washing, Other Antiviral Measures
Masks, gloves, focusing on children's hygiene helpful in preventing respiratory virus spread
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spotlight on Social Networking Use Among Medical Students
Survey finds a minority of medical schools have policies governing online posting by students
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Most Pediatric Emergency Asthma Cases Not Followed Up
Education level of mother strongly associated with likelihood of follow-up
Friday, September 18, 2009

Taxes on Sugared Sodas Could Cut Consumption
Price increase would deter some from buying; money could be used for health programs
Thursday, September 17, 2009

FDA Approves Four Vaccines for H1N1 Influenza
Clinical studies have shown robust immune response in adults within 10 days
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drug Interaction E-Alerts Show Benefit to Patient Safety
Electronic alerts reduce adverse events including death and disability, as well as costs
Monday, September 14, 2009

Mutated H1N1 Virus Resistant to Antiviral Drug Oseltamivir
Resistant H1N1 prompts new CDC advisory on prophylactic use of antviral drug
Friday, September 11, 2009

One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine May Offer Substantial Protection
Preliminary studies suggest single-dose and adjuvant strategies can stretch vaccine supply
Friday, September 11, 2009

Most H1N1 Flu Patients Don't Need Antiviral Medication
But for high-risk patients, antiviral treatment for H1N1 infection should begin promptly
Wednesday, September 09, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines Appear Safe for Adults, Children
And case report details successful but unlicensed use of IV zanamivir for H1N1 pneumonitis
Monday, September 07, 2009

Department Issues New HIPAA Notification Regulations
HHS regulations cover need to notify individuals after breaches of their health information
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Alarm Symptoms Often Do Not Result in Timely Diagnosis
Many evaluated for hematuria, hemoptysis, other conditions lack definite diagnoses after three years
Friday, August 14, 2009

FDA Aims to Ease Access to Investigational Drugs
New rules make the drugs more widely available to seriously ill patients outside clinical trials
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HHS Releases Reports on Health Insurance Reform
Health and Human Services says reform would decrease costs, increase number of options
Friday, August 07, 2009

Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Vary Widely
Lack of unified systems will increase cost of data sharing, report predicts
Friday, July 31, 2009

U.S. Health Data Network a Powerful Tool for Quality
DARTNet, a prototype for data sharing, already gives clinicians access to data on 400,000 patients
Friday, July 31, 2009

Pregnant Women, Children Among H1N1 Vaccine Priorities
CDC panel also says health care workers should be among first-line recipients
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Methods to Determine Health Care Priorities Questioned
Debate over whether to base resource allocation on measures of patient or public attitudes
Friday, July 24, 2009

Camera Phones Can Help Doctors Make Rare Diagnoses
Patient captured images of transient symptoms and gave them to her doctor
Friday, July 24, 2009

FDA Approves 2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
Vaccine not effective against H1N1 flu, but high-risk populations should be vaccinated
Monday, July 20, 2009

Obesity Rates Highest Among African-American Population
Prevalence among African-Americans 51 percent higher than among Caucasians
Friday, July 17, 2009

Obesity Rates for American Adults Still Going Up
CDC survey finds a quarter of the population in 32 states is now obese
Thursday, July 09, 2009

FDA Calls for Chantix, Zyban to Feature Boxed Warning
Additional warnings follow reports of behavioral changes, depression, thoughts of suicide
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Priorities Set for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Best ways to spend $400 million research budget identified
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Some Asian Nations Need to Do More to Combat Measles
Over 140,000 cases reported in 2008 in China and Japan
Monday, June 29, 2009

Americans Paying for More of Their Health Care Costs
Families with individual coverage may spend 22 to 50 percent of household income on health care
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

President Signs Tobacco Law, Acts on Medicare Coverage
New law regulates tobacco marketing; Medicare reform to cut costs for seniors in coverage gap
Monday, June 22, 2009

Reinforced Infection Control Needed to Combat H1N1
Health care personnel are picking up infections in medical and community settings
Monday, June 22, 2009

AMA: Policy Statement Supports Health Care Reform
Association also adopts strategies to reduce medical school debt, increase supply of physicians
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Affordable and Fair
Perspective offers that compulsory minimum health insurance would benefit health care reform
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Air Travel Guidelines Needed to Prevent Flu's Spread
Separate policy recognizes health care facilities' role in sustainable, healthy food system
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FDA Issues Warning on Three Zicam Products
The cold remedies appear to be associated with a loss of the sense of smell
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches
American Medical Association also addresses male breast cancer, anti-aging hormone use
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweeping Medical Reforms Lack Medical Liability Element
Focus is on cost control, with other issues not yet addressed
Monday, June 15, 2009

Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco on Way to President
House of Representatives rapidly endorses Senate's version of bill passed late Thursday
Friday, June 12, 2009

Novartis Produces First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccine
Cell-based technology credited with fast-track production of the vaccine
Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Approves Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco
Measure requires companies to list ingredients and agency to approve new products
Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHO Declares H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
U.S. health officials caution that declaration simply means virus is more widespread
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Smoking-Related Ills Cost U.K. 5.5 Percent of Health Budget
National Health Service spends £5.2 billion a year treating smokers
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Many U.K. Trained Doctors Stay in National Health Service
And men and women found to choose similar career paths
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform
Physicians can take lead to get much-needed federal legislation passed
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Swine Flu Has Higher Fatality Rate Than Seasonal Flu
H1N1 also is largely affecting children and young adults, though most cases are mild
Monday, May 18, 2009

Number of Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Exceeds 2,500
United States has more cases than any other country, though only three patients here have died
Monday, May 11, 2009

Triple-Reassortant Swine Virus Seen Since 2005 in US
NEJM releases content addressing various issues related to outbreak
Thursday, May 07, 2009

Little Evidence to Support Some H1N1 Flu Measures
Physicians need more direct contact from health agencies on what to do
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

CDC Confirms Over 400 H1N1 Flu Cases
Public urged to continue to focus on hand hygiene, stay home if they have flu symptoms
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details
Many overstate importance and clinical relevance of studies but omit cautions and limitations
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

PAS: Program Benefits Children With Hearing Loss
Early intervention improves language skills; earlier enrollment may lead to greater gains
Monday, May 04, 2009

Number of US Swine Flu Cases Climbs to 286 in 36 states
But health officials cautiously optimistic that the outbreak may be leveling off
Monday, May 04, 2009

H1N1 Flu Poses Major Surveillance Challenge
Fragile health systems will make it difficult to spot cases and contain outbreaks
Friday, May 01, 2009

CDC: More Than 100 H1N1 Flu Infections in US
Mexico shuts down all non-essential services for five days
Friday, May 01, 2009

New Web-based Information Source to Support UK Clinicians
NHS Evidence employs technology and rigorous criteria to assure relevance and quality
Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEJM Commends New Conflict of Interest Proposal
Editorialist says comprehensive recommendations could significantly impact practices, institutions
Thursday, April 30, 2009

WHO Rasies Influenza Epidemic Alert Level From 4 to 5
91 cases now confirmed in US; WHO says pandemic is imminent
Thursday, April 30, 2009

FDA Requires OTC Pain Relievers to Display Warnings
New rule requires warnings on stomach bleeding, liver damage on NSAIDs and acetaminophen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CDC Confirms 64 Swine Flu Cases in United States
Travel advisory to cancel non-essential trips to Mexico in place
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

H1N1 Swine Flu Susceptible to Oseltamivir and Zanamivir
But the virus is resistant to amantadine and rimantadine
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pharmacist Involvement May Decrease Medication Errors
Two studies suggest benefits of an interdisciplinary medication reconciliation process
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steep Copayments Increase Risk of Non-Adherence
Higher out-of-pocket drug costs delay initiation of therapy for patients with chronic conditions
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care
Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
Friday, April 24, 2009

Having Health Insurance May Not Improve Mortality Risk
Researchers say finding suggests universal coverage would not decrease US death rate
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Oral Bisphosphonates Link to Esophageal Cancer Analyzed
Studies reported in NEJM correspondence find no cancer risk with osteoporosis drug
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Stretches Without Health Insurance More Common
Change from early 1980s to early 2000s seen particularly in those with lowest education level
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuity of Care Declining for Medicare Beneficiaries
Less than a third of beneficiaries saw their PCP when they were hospitalized in 2006
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Financial Rewards for Healthy Behavior Can Be Effective
But the practice can be fraught with moral dilemmas
Friday, April 10, 2009

IADR: Obesity Associated With Periodontal Disease Risk
Two studies show links between gum disease and body mass index and central adiposity
Monday, April 06, 2009

Moxifloxacin May Accelerate Tuberculosis Cure by Months
Brazilian study suggests enhanced treatment can shorten TB cure from six to two months
Friday, April 03, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Online-Learning Tools Launched
American Medical Association tools will help physicians evaluate ePrescribing systems
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changes Needed in New-Drug Evaluation Process
Patients get 'poor return on investment'; independent evaluation and transparency needed
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Health Program Leads to Questions in the UK
Program calls for each primary care trust to seek a general practitioner-led health center
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Safe Practice Scores Do Not Add Up to Fewer Patient Deaths
Safe Practices Survey data only shows how hospitals have implemented safety guidelines
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Drinking Very Hot Tea May Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk
Area of northern Iran where residents drink very hot tea has increased incidence of the disease
Friday, March 27, 2009

Cost Barriers Slow Adoption of Electronic Health Records
But government intervention and funding could quickly spur improvement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Transdermal Patches Pose Burn Risk During Scans
Metal in patches can cause burns during MRI
Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Spend $630 Billion on Health Care Reform
President's plan calls for replacement of Medicare reimbursement system, increase in FDA budget
Thursday, March 05, 2009

US Motor Vehicle-Related Death Rates Vary Geographically
Mortality rate in the South double that of the Northeast
Monday, March 02, 2009

Guidelines for Prevention of Rheumatic Fever Updated
Prevention requires proper identification and treatment of the streptococcal infection
Friday, February 27, 2009

Insurance Essential for Good Health, Well-Being
Report calls on policymakers, public to address uninsurance problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Health Spending May Have Hit $2.4 Trillion in 2008
Private health spending growth due to hit 15-year low
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Proposed Changes to Health Care Would Reduce Costs
Investing in health care reform will improve outcomes, save money
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Transparency, Globalization Growing in Clinical Research
Enhanced data reporting, increased globalization among recent trends in clinical trial research
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Implementing a Quality Improvement Faculty Path
Criteria include broadening promotion factors, considering publication alternatives
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ads Featuring 'Drug Facts Box' Help Educate Consumers
Replacement of brief summary with 'facts box' may lead to better informed medication choices
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Care Coordination Programs Don't Benefit Medicare Patients
Few such programs reduce hospitalizations, monthly expenditures or improve quality of care
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Corticosteroid Use Associated with Pneumonia in COPD
Using inhaled drugs for at least 24 weeks linked to higher pneumonia risk, but not risk of death
Monday, February 09, 2009

US Outpatient Surgeries Increasingly Common
Outpatient surgeries accounted for half of all surgeries in 1996 and nearly two-thirds of surgeries in 2006
Friday, January 30, 2009

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals
Automated records associated with lower mortality, fewer complications
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

AHA: Medical Usage High Among Heart Failure Patients
Each year, those with severe disease see up to 23 clinicians
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premiums Up, Coverage Down for Medicare Part D Plans
Nearly all stand-alone Medicare Part D plans will have a coverage gap in 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008

Access to Primary Care Key to US Health Care Reform
Careers in primary care should be supported and promoted
Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Credit Crisis to Take Long-Term Toll on Health System
UK's National Health Service will have no real growth in funding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Placebo Treatments Commonly Utilized
Prescribing placebo treatments viewed as both common and ethical
Friday, October 24, 2008

Financial Bailout Puts US Health Care Reform in Jeopardy
Neither McCain's nor Obama's proposals would escape unscathed
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UK Researchers Demand Regulatory Relief
Regulatory burden of clinical research threatens to inhibit delivery of potential life-saving benefits
Friday, October 17, 2008

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research
Few newspapers have written policy on reporting funding and using generic names for drugs
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bisphosphonate Infusion Linked to Ocular Complication
Case study documents orbital inflammatory disease in patient who received zoledronic acid
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium
First time since 2000 that premium has not been raised yearly
Monday, September 22, 2008

Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic
Major medical breakthroughs under threat from loss of antibiotic efficacy
Friday, September 19, 2008

Maternal Vaccine Reduces Influenza in Infants
Inactivated influenza vaccine also reduces rates of febrile respiratory illness in infants, mothers
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lancet Supports WHO Report on Health Inequality
Journal applauds report's call to action, will participate in conference and publish theme issue
Friday, August 29, 2008

Outlook Mixed on US Presidential Candidates' Health Plans
Commentary examines potential benefits, flaws in McCain and Obama health care proposals
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seniors Likely to Find Medicare Health Web Site Unusable
Study of computer-savvy seniors shows the site is difficult to use and navigate
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Over 1 Billion U.S. Doctor, Hospital Visits Logged in 2006
CDC attributes increase to aging of the U.S. population
Thursday, August 07, 2008

International Issue of Torture Complicity Analyzed
Medical community may condone torture or fail to intervene
Friday, August 01, 2008

Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Endocarditis Discouraged
Should not be given routinely for dental and other procedures
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Exception Reporting Improves Pay-for-Performance Benefits
Inappropriate exclusion is rare
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Health Cash Incentives for Poor People Debated
Affirmative side says they may reduce health inequality; negative side doubts significant benefit
Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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